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Needless to say, if your toothbrush bristles look like this, it’s time to throw your old friend away.  Flared bristles and damaged fibers give bacteria lots of hiding places and you don’t want the tool you use to clean your mouth do more harm than good.  Also, if you tend to wear down your toothbrush in less than three months, you may be brushing way too hard.  This can lead to recession and sensitivity. Brushing well is all about taking your time and being thorough.

 

A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every three months or whenever you go through an illness.  Electric toothbrushes may be a more gentle option if you can’t seem to lighten your grasp.  Give us a call if you are interested in purchasing one.