Are we sure that brushing our teeth makes them clean?

January 6th, 2011

Tip #6:  Exercise self-care with your toothbrush

Oral hygeine is a huge part of our self-care routine.  Brushing, whitening, getting braces, filling cavities, putting crowns, getting better smiles, avoiding bad breath…

Research reccommends  that we should change our toothbrushes every three months.  I was surprised to learn that after three months of wear and tear, toothbrushes are up to 95% less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums compared to new ones!

Did you know that germs hide in the bristles of your toothbrush? Therefore if we have been sick, it is wise to change the toothbrush.

I have been to a few dentists and hygenists.  I cannot remember anyone of them talking to me about my toothbrush.  I don’t even remember that conversation at school either.  Teachers taught us about the teeth and how to brush it… but never said that we should keep our toothbrushes for only three months!   Does anyone remember having this conversation? (If you have an electric toothbrush, it can last longer).

Here’s to better oral health…. cleaner teeth and having a stack of new toothbrushes at home!  By the way, make a reminder to yourself to book your next dental appointment.

Look good and feel good from inside and out!




One thought on “Are we sure that brushing our teeth makes them clean?

  1. Hi Magdalene,
    Love your blog, and the whole appearance of your blog space. We are very lucky to be able to have hygiene appointments every three months, especially as we age. Our gums shrink slightly away from our teeth as we age, so flossing and doing other little procedures to make sure we are removing food and plaque from our teeth really helps to slow down tooth decay and halitosis.

    Thanks for the reminder, and thanks for your other very worthwhile thoughts on your other blogs. They have stimulated my own thinking in return.


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