Time for a New Toothbrush?

Toothbrushes in a GlassIf it’s been a while since you replaced your toothbrush, it may be time to look for signs of aging. If it is badly worn or frayed, it may be doing more harm than good.

If you are unsure about the state of your toothbrush, just bring it in at your next appointment and we can assess the damage, discuss the variety of options, and/or review proper brushing technique.

Old Toothbrush Hazards

  • Less Effective – A worn-out toothbrush is simply less effective at removing plaque. A new brush works much more efficiently.
  • Risk of Re-infection – Viruses and bacteria love the moist environment of a toothbrush, and some viruses have been shown to remain active for as long as a week after you’re over the flu or a bout with cold sores. Just when you’re feeling better, an old toothbrush can be a source of re-infection. So after an illness, it’s always a good idea to get a new one.
  • Risk of Injury – With proper brushing technique, only the very tips of bristles make contact with teeth. When a toothbrush is old and worn, frayed bristles can damage soft tissue. Very hard bristles may even cause gums to recede.

Toothbrush Recommendations

  • Soft Bristles – When choosing a toothbrush, soft rounded bristles are ideal to gently polish teeth without causing injury
  • Replace Them Regularly – While you may get more or less out of your toothbrush depending on your brushing style, a good rule of thumb is to replace it every 4-6 weeks.
  • Use Proper Technique – Place the bristles beside your teeth, angled away from the gums at about 45-degrees. Gently brush teeth using a circular or elliptical motion, a couple of teeth at a time as you gradually cover the entire mouth. Be sure to brush all parts of your teeth (outside, inside, chewing surfaces, and in between) and your tongue as well.
  • Get a Second One – Staggering the use of your toothbrush gives it a chance to dry out between uses. This helps prevent fraying and extends its useful lifespan.

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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