Do you remember the last time you threw out your toothbrush? Perhaps you’ve been forgetful as of late, or you’re trying to cut down on waste, or maybe you just don’t know how often you should be replacing your toothbrush. While we’re all pretty good about throwing out expired foods and restocking on other toiletries, people tend to forget about their dental hygiene, including the humble toothbrush. There are some rules you can follow if this applies to you. Here’s how you can tell that it’s time to consider swapping out your toothbrush for a new one.
How Often to Change My Toothbrush?
Dentists, backed by the American Dental Association (ADA), generally recommend that you swap your toothbrush out at least every 3 months. This is because those bristles go through quite a bit to brush your teeth, eventually losing their effectiveness—and studies indicate this happens around the 3-month mark.
Beyond becoming ineffective, your toothbrush can begin to harbor all kidneys of germs and even fungus or bacteria. You can prevent this with proper toothbrush care like rinsing it off, allowing it to dry, and keeping it away from other bathroom essentials. Keep an eye for any visual signs that your toothbrush is beginning to show its age as well.
What If You Forget to Change Your Toothbrush?
Those germs and bacteria that can build up in your brush are a real risk and may cause illnesses! There are other problems with using an old toothbrush too, including the potential of damaging your gums. Older bristles can’t remove plaque properly, which can end up with you developing gingivitis, which can lead to infection, which may even result in your teeth falling out!
If that’s not a good enough reason, consider that an old brush could develop mold or even lead to you ingesting unwanted particles that are common in a room that typically has a toilet in it as well. Seems like a great reason to swap out your brush for a new one, right?
What to Look For
If you’re unsure of what to replace your old toothbrush with, just ask your dentist! Dentists are always happy to let you know what they recommend generally and what might work for you specifically. Electric toothbrushes and softer bristles are some of the most common recommendations you’ll see these days.
Catonsville Dental Care is The Best Choice for Your Dental Health
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