Summer is officially here! How about starting a tradition of replacing your family’s toothbrushes at the beginning of each new season? Here’s why:

Over time, toothbrush bristles become warn and frayed. When this happens, they are less effective at cleaning. The changes can be so subtle as to only be seen under a microscope, and yet the reduced efficacy is substantial. This is true of manual and electric toothbrushes.  A 2010 study by Jenkins, Schmitt, et al., comparing plaque removal using new, vs. 3-month-old, Sonicare ProResults brush heads showed a 29% decrease in plaque removal.

CaptureAt Distinctive Dentistry, we are passionate about providing information so that you can make knowledgeable decisions about your family’s dentistry. Maintaining a regular dental hygiene routine including brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day, flossing daily, limiting sugar, replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, and getting regular dental check-ups are all cost-effective dental care recommendations. So start the summer right – replace your toothbrush and make your next dental appointment at Distinctive Dentistry!