Like trusty razor that begins to dull over time, many dental supplies have a natural “expiration date” as well.
In fact, dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every few months or sooner to make sure that you’re getting maximum brushing power each time you step up to the sink.
What else should you consider when taking stock of your dental supplies?
Wash – or get rid of – rinsing cups
If you keep a small teacup at your sink for swishing after brushing, take a close look at the inside of it. Notice anything off? Is it supposed to be that color?
If you let your rinsing cup sit next to the sink for weeks or months without letting it get a rinse of its own, it could start growing bacteria and quickly become less helpful than the purpose for which you started using it in the first place.
Your teacup isn’t the only offender, however – if you’ve been slowly draining the same bottle of mouthwash since the previous calendar year, maybe it’s time to ditch the cap (or just get new mouthwash for a change).
These are meant to last a while, but nothing is permanent. If you use your dental pick regularly, it’s likely that the acids in your mouth will begin to wear down the metal in the pick. This decreases its effectiveness and your ability to chip away at harmful plaque.
When to ditch the toothbrush
At a minimum, you should switch to a new toothbrush or electric brush head every few months. But if the manufacturer recommends you switch sooner, you should go with their instructions as well – especially when it comes to electric brush heads.
Many brush heads include a color stripe that wears down the longer the head is used. Use this as a handy guide on when to hit the drugstore for a new brush.
If you need more advice about what types of dental equipment you should get – and for hands-on demonstrations of some of the more confusing ones – come visit us! You can always make an appointment at HealthySmile.com or call us at (708) 460-3040.