I am amazed to hear from so many of my patients that their toothbrush is 6 months old, which translates to about a year . . .
Using a toothbrush that old is about as good for you as eating leftover chicken from the fridge that’s six months old. The bacterial count is probably higher on the toothbrush. Add to that that the brush is useless as far a cleaning off any germ filled plaque and things are not looking too good.
I ask my patients how often they floss. I guess it’s bad karma to force someone to lie, but I can tell any way. Did you really think you could fool the grey fox? (me)
So let me put it to you straight. When you are 90 years old and in that retirement home your kids picked for you (treat them nice), do you want to be eating steak and lobster or gumming down some oatmeal? So I am revealing to you “The Secret” – buy yourself a Sonicare Electronic brush at Target. Get the Top of the line model. Do not skimp here. In my 99 years of practice I have always seen an improvement in oral health when this is used twice a day. If that is not doable, get Two brushes and alternate. Soft ones like Dr. Butler or Oral B clean best. It’s a long story why, but that is how it works.