Blog Posts by Dr. Jason Gray
In last weeks’ article we attempted to simplify the toothbrush selection decision. We found that scientific studies have found that there was no difference between the effectiveness of manual and powered toothbrushes and that our selection of a toothbrush is largely personal. Our toothbrush of choice should have a comfortable handle with a small head and soft bristles.
It is obviously important to look after your toothbrush. Once you have finished brushing your teeth (for atleast three-four minutes), rinse your toothbrush with tap water to remove any remaining toothbrush and debris. Store the brush in an upright position and allow it to air dry. Avoid covering your toothbrush or storing them in a closed container since this will encourage the growth of microorganisms. If more than one toothbrush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated.
Your toothbrush should be replaced every three months or when the bristles start to wear, whichever comes first. That shaggy dog toothbrush is no longer very effective, and it tends to indicate overzealous brushing. This heavy handed brushing should be discouraged as it causes your gingival recession. Finally, it is often a wise idea to consider replacing your toothbrush after a cold, sore throat or mouth infection to prevent the accumulation of microorganisms on the brush which may result in reinfection.