When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? Did you know that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends getting a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months? Here's how to know when it's time to purchase a new one...
If you notice the bristles are frayed or bent, that's a sign that you need a new toothbrush. A worn brush does not work as effectively as one with straight bristles. Plaque is continuously forming on your teeth and can't be rinsed or swished away; plaque has to be brushed off the tooth and a new brush does the best job.
To keep your toothbrush looking fresh and lasting longer, keep it clean by rinsing it well after each use and store it in an upright position so it can dry properly. It's less likely that bacteria will stay on your brush if you follow those simple steps.
If your brush looks "worst for wear", consider getting a new one today and remember that a new toothbrush will be waiting for you at your next dental cleaning too!
-Ronald Rosser DDS