Author: Frank Soltiz/Friday, December 13, 2013/Categories: DENTAL HEALTH
Spring is here. After a long,
cold winter we are all looking forward
to warmer days and all the
activities we've been planning
since autumn. The changing of
the seasons is a good way to
remember that it is time for a
new toothbrush. Believe it or not,
toothbrushes don't last forever.
After about three months, the
bristles begin to deteriorate and
lose their effectiveness. If you
brush hard and aggressively, you
may notice that the bristles on
your brush may appear crushed
and splayed out even sooner.
There is also the germ factor.
Toothbrushes are easily contaminated
and harbor a lot of bacteria.
Getting a new one periodically
makes sense from a basic
hygiene point of view.
If you have had a cold or the
flu, get a new brush to reduce the
risk of re-infecting yourself.
Soft toothbrushes are the best
for removing plaque. They are
also less irritating to the gum tissue.
Medium or hard toothbrushes
are not more effective at
removing plaque and may contribute
to gum recession. Also,
try to find a brush that is small
enough to reach the areas around
the molars toward the back of
Presented in the interest of
promoting a better dental health
environment from the office of
Frank Soltiz, DDS
Alden, New York 14004
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