Dentist In Edmond: Out With The Old, In With The New
Take a moment to really think about what a brush head for an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush is made out of and the intended purpose for these devices. When you factor in that the materials used to make a toothbrush are simply a manufactured piece of molten nylon and a grouped together bunch of nylon bristles, it’s understandable that they don’t last forever. On that note, Ballinger Family Dentistry, your dentist in Edmond is here to share a little more about when you should change your brush head or your toothbrush.
Everywhere you look (ADA, Colgate, Oral B, etc.) it has become common place to state that it’s perfectly fine to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Ballinger Family Dentistry, your dentist in Edmond has a slightly different opinion on this matter! We believe it is more beneficial to change the brush head or toothbrush out every 22 days. Now, before you grumble thinking we’re just trying to bamboozle you, our dentist in Edmond does have a very good reason and explanation.
You see, when those nylon bristles are first made in the factory they are cut to be perfectly the same height and the sharp edges of the nylon bristles are rounded into soft domes. This process makes the toothbrush bristles safe to use by making them less abrasive than when they are freshly cut. Thus, the softer bristles don’t harshly scrape away the tooth enamel as they brush.
Of course, if you are brushing as often as Ballinger Family Dentistry, your dentist in Edmond recommends (2-3 times per day) then the smoothness of your bristles will get worn away back to the original jaggedness. This makes it risky for brushing as enamel can be scrubbed off which can also cause further tooth damage. Additionally, as the bristles fray and shorten they will no longer reach into the deeper crevices between the teeth, leaving uncleaned areas exposed for plaque to build up.
If it has been longer than 22 days since you last replaced your toothbrush, please do yourself a favor and replace it! Think of it like a once a month shopping list item that you routinely pick up as you visit the grocery store. Your teeth and gums will be better off for your decision to take control of your dental health.
Special offer starting June 1st, 2017:
Patients who come in to see Dr. Ballinger, your dentist in Edmond for an exam, x-ray, and cleaning will receive a FREE Sonicare Elite Electric Toothbrush valued at $80!