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A recent study has found that hollow-headed toothbrushes can contain up to 3,000 times the bacterial growth as their solid-headed counterparts. A majority of store-bought toothbrushes have hollow heads.
While this news may seem shocking, there is really no need to fret – toothpaste contains antibacterial portieres that help prevent contamination from toothbrush heads. However, it is wise to replace your toothbrush every two to three months to minimize bacterial exposure and ensure optimal cleaning power.
Bergenfield family dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter suggests replacing your toothbrush or toothbrush head every other month as part of your oral hygiene routine. If you have difficulties remembering to replace your brush, try replacing each time you purchase a new tube of toothpaste. This will help keep your bristles effective at removing plaque and food particles, and assist in your maintaining peak oral health.
In addition to regularly replacing your toothbrush, be sure to visit Dr. Perlmutter every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. If you have questions about replacing your toothbrush or choosing the best brush for your needs, Dr. Perlmutter would be happy to address them during your regularly scheduled visits.
To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Perlmutter, please contact Dumont Cosmetic Dental today. Dr. Perlmutter serves Bergenfield and surrounding areas of New Jersey.