• When to Change Your Child’s Toothbrush

    When to Change Your Child’s Toothbrush

    Listen, we know it’s hard enough to actually get your kids to use them in the first place, but maintaining a clean toothbrush, and knowing when to change them out for a new one, can be a critical part of maintaining your child’s long term dental health. 

    Think of it this way, all that work you’ve put in to get your child into a sustainable daily habit of twice a day brushing could all be for nothing if their toothbrush isn’t performing to the best of its abilities. 

    So, let’s have a look at what we can expect to see as signs that your child’s toothbrush (and yours as well) is due for a change:

    Frayed Ends

    Bristles on a toothbrush are designed to get into all of the nooks and crannies that bacteria and food bits might be hiding. When those bristles become frayed, they become less efficient and can’t get down to those little corners of your teeth. As a result, when you see your bristles have frayed out, then it’s probably time to get a new brush. 

    This similarly applies when your bristles have faded in colours, which usually indicates that their time is up.

    Don’t Get Down with the Sickness

    Getting sick can be a huge problem for a toothbrush. Principally because it’s your mouth, which is a key action area for where illnesses, such as colds and the flu, like to live. As a result, most dentists recommend you change out your brush for a new one once your illness has run its course. 

    Time Moves Ever Forward

    Listen, there might be times where neither of the above two signs isn’t immediately apparent. But that shouldn’t stop you from changing your brush anyway. Changing your brush should happen once every three months – without exception. This ensures a few things. One; your brush bristles will always be optimal at their task, your brush probably won’t be exposed to flu/colds too often and, most importantly, you’ll avoid the bacteria build-up that occurs with brushes that haven’t been changed in a while.

    Go and Visit Your Dentist

    So, here’s the thing, all of this could also be for naught if you’re not also following up with your local dentist. Everyone, children and adults, should be visiting their local dentist once every 6 months to make sure their teeth are in top condition. So, please, go and visit your local dentist and avoid the inevitable issues that can arise from neglecting your own dental health. 

    Our friendly Basin Pocket emergency dentists will help you with any questions or issues you might have, simply give us a call or visit our website to book an appointment!

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