What Happens if You Use a Toothbrush That is Old and Worn Out?
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Angie Hopper
Because daily life can keep us busy with work, school, and family life, sometimes it can be difficult to know when we need to change our toothbrush. Take a second and remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush. It is true that we try our best to stay hygienic to protect us from illness caused by harmful bacteria. Let us break down important signs when it is time to replace as well as the risks of using an older toothbrush that may do more harm than good.
Risks with Dull Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes can become worn out due to applying excessive pressure when we brush, which can cause your toothbrush to become less effective quicker than expected. When toothbrushes start to dull out, the most common sign is the noticeable roughness of the bristles. It is true that ADA-approved toothpaste is essential for protecting your teeth from plaque and other oral infections. The more rigid the bristles become, the higher the risk of gum damage regardless of the quality of the toothpaste. Counterproductively has a domino effect and worn out bristles make it tougher to remove plaque which can lead to gingivitis.
One tip for keeping up with when your toothbrush should be replaced is to glance at your bathroom sink and recognize your toothpaste tube is nearly empty This is a useful trick to stay on top of confirming clean brushes on par with fresh toothpaste. Each time you need new toothpaste, either swap out your old toothbrush, or at least examine it and see if it is in good condition or not.
If You Still Have Questions, Let Us Help
The best way to ensure how effective you routinely brush is to call or stop by our office to set up an appointment and continue with follow-ups. Our friendly, professional, and experienced dental hygienist will present a personal overview on the condition of your teeth and gums and with thorough examination, we will provide you recommendations on keeping track with improving and maintaining excellent brushing routines. Bring your beautiful smile and we will put all your dental concerns to rest.