Change Your Toothbrush Every Three Months
July 26, 2011
By: Ken Nelson, DDS, Dentistry
Remember . . . Change your toothbrush every 3 months or every 3,000 smiles!
Many of us do not even give our toothbrush a second thought.
We receive a new toothbrush every time we visit our dentist for a check-up and dental cleaning and that is enough for us right? WRONG! Sadly enough most people change the oil in their car more often then they change their toothbrush.
Be sure to change your toothbrush, or toothbrush head (if you?re using an electric toothbrush) before the bristles become frayed. When the bristles get this way they do not effectively clean the crevices of the teeth.
Studies show that a new toothbrush can remove 30% more plaque than a toothbrush that is three months old. The American Dental Association has long recommended that patients change their toothbrushes every three to four months. Many toothbrushes now come with color indicators to indicate when it is time for a change.
Something else you should know is that old toothbrushes may harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infection such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Consider running your brush through your automatic dishwasher to disinfect between replacements.
Just as you change the oil in your car because you want to protect that investment change your toothbrush because there is no bigger investment then you and your family.
Remember 3 months or 3,000 smiles!
West Bay Dental, PC --- No Cavity Club List -- August 2011
These children, 12 and under, scored a cavity
free check-up at their last dental appointment.
We congratulate them and their parents
for practicing good oral health.
Grace Avila Mitchel Christensen Wil Rouech
Katie Tallman Christopher Tallman Miranda Fish
Dylan Slachta Calista Hernandez Jayden Kloska
Special congratulations to Katie Tallman, who was the winner in our children's no cavity drawing and to Brian Slachta who won the gift card in our adult drawing.
Or Contact Dr. Ken Nelson at:
800 S. Euclid Ave, Bay City, MI 48706
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Ken Nelson, DDS, Dentistry
Dr. Nelson has served patients at West Bay Dental since 1985. Dr. Nelson provides most dental services with an emphasis on cosmetics, full mouth reconstruction, oral surgery and implants.
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