"I am an endodontist, in other words, I am the guy that saves your tooth when nothing else can be done.
As a root canal specialist, I am well aware that no one wants to see me! ;-)
So here is how you can stay away from my chair straight from the horse's mouth:
- Go to your dental checkups and cleanings regularly.
- Brush and floss as indicated by your dentist or dental hygienist and the ADA.
- Replace your most important tool in keeping your everyday dental routine optimum, your toothbrush, at least every three months.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH EVERY 3 MONTHS?
Most everyone knows that we must replace our toothbrushes at least every 3 months; your dentist or dental hygienist has told you, you have read it somewhere trustworthy. So clearly the question is not if you should do it, but you may still wonder why you should do it.
There are 3 reasons why everyone needs to change their toothbrush on time:
Worn bristles are sharp and hurt gums and teeth
When toothbrushes are manufactured, the bristle ends are jagged and sharp so they are put through a process to make them into a little rounded, soft dome. As time passes, these ends go back to their sharpness and hurt gums by scraping them as well as the tooth enamel (this can cause gum recession, wear away enamel).
There is an enormous bacteria build-up on bristles
Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that toothbrush bristles are packed with germs and bacteria. 10 million is not even close to how many can be found and the types of bacteria present are quite large. The ADA confirms the finding of these studies. And you can learn more about it on the page "What's on your toothbrush right now".
Worn bristles do not clean
The splayed bristles bend away from teeth while brushing, keeping the bristle ends from reaching between teeth and gums. This leads to cavities and other damaging dental problems.