Dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. While it can be difficult to remember to buy a new toothbrush, there are plenty of reasons why you should always replace it. In many ways, your oral health is counting on it!
After roughly three months, toothbrushes begin to show signs of wear. A frayed toothbrush will not be as effective in cleaning your teeth and gums properly. Sometimes your toothbrush may show signs of wear before three months. So how can you tell when it's time for a new brush? Keep an eye out for frayed bristles, a sure sign of serious wear and tear.
This applies to all types of toothbrushes. You should replace the brush attachment on electric models just as regularly as you would replace a non-electric toothbrush.
Not only will replacing your brushes regularly help in proper cleaning, it also may decrease the number of bacteria that you are exposed to during brushing. We know that toothbrushes can harbor microorganisms that are transferred from the mouth to the brush. Toothbrushes also can harbor microorganisms from the environment in which they are stored.
This is why it is also important not only to replace your brush but to clean it before and after use. Soaking your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash may help, and make sure to rinse it thoroughly with water after use. It is also important to replace your toothbrush after you have been sick, because of its ability to harbor microorganisms it comes into contact with.
Also, if you continue to use the same toothbrush after any illness, you may be exposing yourself to germs that were present during your illness. While it may pain you to replace a toothbrush early, better safe than sorry!
Need a tip to remind you when to replace your toothbrush? Try replacing it every time you need to buy new toothpaste!One person should finish a tube of toothpaste roughly every 2-3 months.
For more questions about proper oral health, contact Gordon Family Dental at (801) 766-6344