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How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

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Everyone knows that you should brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Good oral hygiene helps fight tooth decay and gum disease. Although it may seem obvious, brushing and flossing can prevent future oral health problems. We recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Toothbrushes are much less effective at fighting plaque when they aren’t in their proper form. Germs can also hide in the bristles of toothbrushes and infect teeth. Plaque can build up over time, turning into tartar which damages gums and can lead to gum disease.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It can develop when bacteria and plaque build up between teeth and infect the gums. As gum infection progresses, pockets can form between teeth, loosening them or causing them to fall out. Brushing teeth and flossing between teeth can remove bacteria and plaque.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

There are multiple common symptoms that often accompany gum disease, such as:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bad breath (Halitosis)
  • Toothaches
  • Bleeding gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Gum swelling
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment at 704-255-4256 for a check-up. It is important to catch gum disease early before infection spreads and leads to more problems. Gum disease can be treated with antibacterial rinses, laser therapy, gum surgery, or scaling and root planing.

Properly brushing and flossing can also prevent problems that require restorative treatment. In the most severe cases, gum disease and tooth decay can cause teeth to fall out. If that isn’t bad enough, missing teeth can cause an array of dental problems.

Missing Teeth Problems

Tooth loss can cause:

  • Speech issues
  • Crooked teeth
  • Shifting teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Facial sagging

It’s as simple as brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular dental appointments. Preventative care can make a difference to save your teeth and gums.

Schedule an Appointment

Ready to schedule a dental cleaning? Call the Stewart Dental Group at 704-255-4256 to prevent gum disease and other oral hygiene problems. You can also schedule an appointment online here.