Dental Products Have A Shelf Life: How Old Is Your Toothbrush And Toothpaste?

It’s the New Year. Did you make a New Year’s resolution? A New Year’s resolution is a promise or a goal we set for ourselves to hopefully improve on some aspect of our lives. For me, I always feel like the New Year is a time to start fresh, make some changes for the better, and make a commitment to myself to improve some areas of my life. For me, and for many other people out there, I use my resolutions to help jumpstart the New Year. Do you have New Year’s resolution? It’s not too late to come up with one now. Need some inspiration?

Here are some of the most common resolutions people make for the New Year:
– Get healthier (lose weight, exercise more, eat better)
– Quit smoking
– Have more fun
– Save more money for future
– Get a better job
– Go back to school
– Get more organized
– Travel more
– Spend more time with family, friends
– Volunteer

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get my house organized. I am not technically a hoarder (at least I don’t think I’d qualify for any of those hoarder intervention television shows, I hope).  I just save a lot of things that I probably could let go of. I need to do what they do on those shows and make three piles: Save, Toss, Donate. Time to de-clutter. One thing I tend to have way too much of are various products. Do you know what I mean? I’m talking face lotions, body lotions, bottles and bottles of shampoo, tube after tube of mascara, etc. I need to determine which products need to go in order to thin out my cabinets.

I also have tons of dental products. I like to try new toothpaste flavors and floss flavors and mouthwash flavors. I have half used tubes of toothpaste from years past. Time to let those go. Dental products expire just like any other bathroom products. Toothpaste tubes have an expiration date on them so be sure to check your tubes to see if they are still good. Maybe this year, it would be a good idea to go through your bathroom and assess your dental products. How is your toothbrush looking? Did you know that we should replace our toothbrush every few months or whenever it starts to look worn?

I try to remember to replace my toothbrush every time I visit the dentist (at least every six months) but sometimes I replace it sooner if the bristles start to flatten out. A bonus is that my dentist gives me a new toothbrush whenever I have my teeth cleaned so that helps remind me to switch to the new brush. And remember it is very important to use a soft bristled toothbrush. It is the best and most gentle for your gums and teeth. Even if you use an electric toothbrush, the head needs to be replaced from time to time. It gets worn out just like a regular toothbrush.

Bright Side Dental is a dental group with locations in Sterling Heights, St. Clair Shores,Livonia, Canton, Southfield, Clarkston, Farmington, and Royal Oak, Michigan. Visit www.BrightSideDental.com.

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