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06Sep2012

Is It Time To Get Your Son Or Daughter A New Toothbrush?

SHAKESPEARE WROTE, “Parting is such sweet sorrow…”. But from everyone here at our practice, we can assure you that whether it’s YOU or YOUR CHILD, the sorrow part ends the second either of you starts brushing with a new toothbrush.

Take A Look At Your Toothbrushes

Are the bristles starting to look bent, worn, or frayed? Or, are the bristles starting to look like they’re parallel to your teeth instead of perpendicular? If so, it’s time for a new toothbrush. Has somebody else used your toothbrush (gross)? If so, they’ve contaminated it with the bacteria in their mouth—and if you use it, you’ll expose yourself to any disease or sickness they may have. Again, it’s time for a new toothbrush.

The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Old toothbrushes lose their structural ability to thoroughly clean, and fraying bristles don’t clean well between your teeth. Fraying bristles can also be hard on your gums and can even cause damage your child’s gums.

Are You Storing Your Child’s Toothbrush Correctly?

  • Store it upright, and keep it out of contact with the bathroom counter.
  • Keep it out of contact with other people’s toothbrushes.
  • Keep it far away from the toilet splash zone (gross, again).
  • Make sure it dries between uses. Toothbrush covers are handy for travel, but at home your toothbrush needs to air dry.

When you get a new toothbrush for your child, keep these tips in mind:

  • Get the size that fits in their mouth comfortably and reaches everywhere.
  • Hard bristles can wear enamel unnecessarily. Soft bristles are usually better.
  • The brand is not as important as your commitment to brushing correctly and regularly. If you have questions about how to do that, visit with our team.

What Can You Do With That Old Toothbrush!?

Well, you could just throw it away. But that’s boring! There are all kinds of uses for old toothbrushes—like cleaning, painting, and yes, bracelet making!

Here are two videos that show you how to make a cool bracelet out of your old toothbrush (by the way, the second video doesn’t have any sound). Your kids will love doing it! Share the idea, or invite others over and try it together!


Keep Up Great Oral Hygiene Habits For Yourself And Your Child!

It’s absolutely worth it! And don’t miss regular checkups. If you ever have any questions about toothbrushes or any other oral health topic, ask us, leave a comment below and we’ll quickly respond, or send us a message on our Facebook page!

Thanks, as always, for your continued trust and friendship. 

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