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How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

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Dr. Svans shares how often you should change your toothbrush.

Dr. Svans:
When it comes to your toothbrush what we like to say is at least every two months you should be replacing your toothbrush.

The reason being is that these bristles, when you look at them under a microscope they tend to get frayed and they actually get a little sharper at the tip and they can be, again, more abrasive.

They can also firm up so instead of being soft they’ll end up being more firm as they wear out. So every two months is what I recommend.

When it comes to that dreaded cold or flu or sometime when you have gotten sick, I would always go ahead and throw your toothbrush out as you are getting through your sickness and start a new one when you are well because that toothbrush will invariably carry the bacteria and can carry that sickness forward and make you sicker for longer.

There are electric toothbrushes out now-a-days that actually have a sanitizing bay in them where you can literally sanitize the toothbrush between every brushing, always the best thing.

I actually recommend the electric toothbrushes not only for that reason but I feel that those electric toothbrushes do a much better job cleaning as well.

The one that I recommend the most is the Sonicare. It’s almost every patient I would recommend a Sonicare for because number one, it makes you brush for that two-minute period of time because there’s a timer.

And number two, just the action of the toothbrush is so much better than what you can mechanically do with your hand. The bristles are actually moved at ultrasonic vibration and it allows that plaque to really get broken up even beyond the end of the toothbrush.

About Dr. Svans:
Dr. Erik Svans, D.D.S., is a 1997 graduate of the University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco. He is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), American Dental Association (ADA), Arizona Dental Association (AZDA), Dental organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) and a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and affiliated with the International College of Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Svans specializes in Smile Design and Reconstruction, Dental Implants CEREC, Laser Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Invisalign, and Dental Technology Advancements.

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