When to Toss your Toothbrush | Walnut Creek Prosthodontist

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The best way to limit the bacteria on your toothbrush is to replace it on a regular basis.

The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends throwing out your toothbrush every three to four months. If the bristles become frayed, you’re sick, or you have a weak immune system, throw it out even more often. If you use an electric toothbrush, throw out the head as often as you’d discard a disposable toothbrush.

Every time you’re tempted to skip brushing and flossing your teeth, remember how many bacteria lurk in your mouth – and what they can do.

Bacteria causes gum disease, and decay, and bad breath. Make sure you’re brushing and flossing as often as possible to eliminate some of those bacteria. Rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash before or after brushing can also help reduce plaque-causing bacteria that can lead to gingivitis, an early, mild form of gum disease.

For more information on brushing or flossing your teeth and to make an appointment for a check up and cleaning call Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics today at (925) 934-5526. Learn more about the practice by visiting the website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.