The toothbrush is your number one oral hygiene accessory. Toothbrushes help keep your teeth and mouth clean, but how long should you a keep a toothbrush?
It is recommended that ever 3 to 4 months you switch out that old toothbrush for a new fresh one. Replacing your toothbrush is essential since they are constantly being exposed to germs and bacteria. If you notice the bristles of your tooth brush have become worn out that is a sign that you need a new toothbrush. Those of you who wear braces should change their toothbrushes frequently because braces break down and fracture bristles and the toothbrushes lose their effectiveness.
3 Reasons to Change Out Your Old Toothbrush:
1. Bacteria - Your toothbrush is a tool for removing bacteria from your teeth, but it doesn’t actually kill bacteria. Some of the bacteria from your teeth stay on your toothbrush after you are done brushing.
2. Bristles - Like any tool, a toothbrush wears down. Worn bristles are tough on your enamel and can wear it away over time. Not only that… an old, worn toothbrush can be up to 95 percent less effective at removing plaque.
3. Illness - Always change your toothbrush after you’ve been sick, even if it’s not “technically” time to switch out your toothbrush. The germs and bacteria your toothbrush has been exposed to can be harmful to your health once your feeling better.
Having a toothbrush that is in good shapes means good oral hygiene. It is helpful to keep a pack of toothbrushes available in your household at all times for easy replacement. So mark those calendars for every 3 to 4 months and it’s out with the old and in with the new.