Electric toothbrush heads need to be replaced as frequently as you would a manual toothbrush. Just because the brush itself doesn’t need replacing, doesn’t mean you can keep on using the same head, as it will reach the point where it becomes ineffectual, leaving your teeth prone to plaque build up.
Electric toothbrush heads are constructed with many different bristles clustered together, often in different lengths and angles, to give you the most effective clean. Whilst they are very durable and designed to withstand being used many times, they will only stay fully effective for so long.
In order to keep your teeth and gums clean, we recommend that you change your electric toothbrush heads every 3 months. The great thing about using an electric toothbrush, is that many of the heads feature a colour indicator that changes colour when it’s time to change the brush head. So, even if you forget to write it in the calendar, you’ll know roughly when those three months are up as your toothbrush will tell you!
If you brush your teeth more than twice a day, perhaps because you wear braces and have to clean away food debris, or you brush for more than 2 minutes at a time, you may need to replace your electric toothbrush head more frequently than every 3 months.
You’ll know that your toothbrush head needs changing by looking out for the following signs:
If your toothbrush head needs replacing more frequently, then you may need to revise your brushing technique. Brushing your teeth too hard can wear out your toothbrush quicker than normal, as well as damaging the enamel on your teeth. Speak to our dental team if you think you might be brushing too hard and we can recommend the most effective technique.
It isn’t always possible to spot the signs of wear and tear, so here are a few ways in which you can easily remind yourself that it’s time to replace your toothbrush heads.
You don’t just have to take your dentist’s word for it as research has shown that a new brush head is more effective at removing debris and plaque from teeth than an old, worn out toothbrush. This means that no matter how good your oral health regime or brushing technique, if you’re using an old toothbrush, your teeth and gums won’t be getting the care they deserve.
Please visit our online shop for electric toothbrushes and accessories or call us on 01256 353033 or click here if you’d like to book a check up.