Signs to Get a New Toothbrush Head
Knowing the telltale signs to get a new toothbrush head will keep your brushing habits on the upper tier. Using an old head on an electric toothbrush reduces the efficiency of your brushing. This may leave plaque or other debris on your teeth, causing decay or worse.
Physical Signs to Get a New Toothbrush Head
There are definitive physical signs that you should change your toothbrush head. Manufacturers will recommend that you change every three months with or without the physical signs of degradation. Some manufacturers also employ a color-changing system to let users know when to change. New heads have brightly colored bristles that fade over time. When the color is gone, it is time to change the head on your toothbrush.
Some of the telltale signs that are visible on your toothbrush head:
- Frayed or worn bristles
- Brushing seems less effective
- Old toothpaste is “stuck” around the base of bristles
Although many people believe that manufacturers only recommend changing the toothbrush head to sell more products, it is more complicated than that. Bacteria develop over time. Even when you rinse or clean your brush regularly, bacteria are still present. It is also a fact that new bristles remove more plaque.
This brings us to subscription services. There are several available through manufacturers and online retailers. They work on a fairly simple plan. Once you purchase your electric toothbrush, you enroll in a service. Every three months, they send you a new toothbrush head. When it arrives, you change it out. Simple and effective, computerized, and no burden on you other than paying the fee for the service and the cost for new heads.
Other Times It Is Good to Replace Your Toothbrush Head
Health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) have also weighed in on the great debate. They recommend that people replace toothbrushes and toothbrush heads every three to four months.
There are other circumstances when you should replace your toothbrush head early:
- If someone else has used your brush
- When a child (or frustrated adult) has chewed on it causing premature fraying
- If it is dropped on the floor
- After anyone has been ill, especially with things like strep throat
It is always better to err with caution in mind. To quote an over-used cliché, “Better safe than sorry.”
When You’re In Doubt — Just Change it Out
Toothbrushes and toothbrush heads are relatively inexpensive. There are times when you might use a brush for one month, and sometimes longer than the recommended four months. The bottom line is that if you are wondering if it is time for a new toothbrush head — it is.
If you have additional questions about the signs to get a new toothbrush head, please ask us at Pitner Orthodontics. Our knowledgeable staff is always eager to help!
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