How often should you change your toothbrush?

It’s easy to know when to replace worn out shoes or faded clothes. But how often should you change your toothbrush? It all depends on your usage, health and preferences. Before you brush again, ask yourself whether it is time for a new toothbrush. Studies show that after three months of normal wear and tear, toothbrushes are much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums compared to new ones. The bristles break down and loose their effectiveness in getting to all those tricky corners around your teeth.

When to Get a New Toothbrush

Replace toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months. Consider getting a new toothbrush sooner if you have been sick, especially if the toothbrush is stored close to other toothbrushes. That’s because germs can hide in toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection. When in doubt, look at the bristles. If they are frayed, they won’t clean teeth as thoroughly. Because children often brush more rigorously than adults, they may need their toothbrushes replaced more often.

Types of Toothbrushes

There are two styles of toothbrushes to consider: manual and electric. Choose what feels comfortable and makes you want to brush your teeth regularly. A manual toothbrush is portable and ready to use every time you need it. It makes no noise, and you will have complete control over the pressure it puts on your teeth and gums. An electric toothbrush requires charging and is a bit more cumbersome to take along when traveling. However, the rotating movement of the bristles makes it easier to clean between teeth and at the gum line. Many electric toothbrushes have built-in sensors to make sure you brush long enough and don’t press too hard.

Maintaining Your Toothbrush

No matter which type of toothbrush you use, keep it clean. The American Dental Association recommends rinsing the toothbrush under tap water after you brush to wash away lingering toothpaste and saliva. Then, store the toothbrush in a vertical position, with the bristles positioned so they can air dry.

Storing a toothbrush in a closed container can cause bacteria to build up, so it’s best to let the bristles of the toothbrush fully dry between each usage. If you’re traveling, consider using disposable toothbrushes during the trip.

A good way to remember the 3 month rule is by months! Check out the picture below for reference! 

School Supply Drive!

What better way to start the summer with a school supply drive.

I know some of us don’t want to think about school yet or school supplies but it’s for a good cause!

Join us in supporting our Kannapolis Police Department and Kannapolis City Schools school supply drive! We are accepting the following items now until August 1st.

Appreciated items: Pens – Pencils – Colored Pencils – Glue Sticks – Binders – Pocket Folders – Paper – Backpacks – Lunch Bags – Notebooks – Pencil Cases  Crayons – Tissues & Hand Sanitizer – Highlighters – Scissors – Water Bottles

Please drop your items off at our office anytime Monday-Thursday 8-4:30pm. (1408 South Main Street Kannapolis, NC 28027)

Insurance Awareness Day! Explaining dental insurance…

Happy Insurance Awareness Day! This day was created for people to view their insurance coverage! Have you ever wondered how dental insurance works or had any questions? Here’s some explanation of dental insurance!

Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance is a type of insurance that helps individuals pay for their dental care. While the specifics features of dental insurance plans differ, typically they will include coverage for preventive care like routine exams, x-rays and cleaning. Most plans will also include coverage for dental services like fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, and in some cases orthodontics. The plan you choose will dictate how much you will pay, how much the insurance company will pay and it might even dictate which dentist you need to visit. It’s important that you understand your coverage so that you can take advantage of your benefits and understand what you are responsible for!

How Does Dental Insurance Work?

Finding a dentist is just one piece of the puzzle, once you have one, you’ll likely want to know what you will have to pay when you go to the dentist. That will depend on the specifics of the plan. Most plans use a “benefit year,” to determine when the benefits are available for use. Your dental office will typically verify your dental insurance for an estimate of how much you will be expected to pay. After a visit to the dentist, a request for payment will be sent to your insurance company; this is called a claim. The insurance company will review and process the claim and then explain how the claim was paid with an EOB, or explanation of benefits.

Ultimately, your financial obligation is based on the treatment you receive and the specifics of your plan some of which might include the following:

  • Deductibles – an amount you must pay before the insurance company will pay anything.
  • Coinsurance – once the deductible is met, you may have to pay a percentage of the cost of covered treatment, for example you may have to pay 50% of a major procedure.
  • Co-pay – a fixed cost for a certain procedure
  • Annual Maximum – the maximum amount the insurance company will pay during the benefit year. Once that maximum is reached during a benefit year, you pay all additional expenses.
  • Exclusions – services and/or products that insurance won’t cover
  • Waiting period – some plans won’t cover certain procedures until a certain amount of time has passed. These are usually major procedures and sometimes basic.
  • Limits – many plans have time limits for certain procedures. For example, many plans will cover two cleanings a year, as long as six months has passed between them. Limits may also apply to the frequency of x-rays and to treatments on a specific tooth.
  • Pre-existing conditions – some plans won’t cover conditions that you had before signing up for their plan, meaning you will be responsible for paying for treatment for that condition.


Understanding your dental insurance is a part of feeling comfortable going to the dentist. Knowing how dental insurance works will ultimately help you to make better choices about your dental care so that you can achieve a healthy and happy smile! Here at First Impressions Family Dentistry we will do a complimentary insurance breakdown anytime to help you achieve that goal while maximizing the benefits of your dental insurance Have questions about your dental insurance and the benefits of a dental plan? Just ask! Text or Call us today! 704-933-2115