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When You Should Replace Your Toothbrush

When You Should Replace Your Toothbrush

When was the last time your toothbrush was replaced? We toss out old meals, resupply vitamins and supplements, and refresh our cosmetic products on a regular basis, but when it comes to health and beauty, our oral hygiene doesn't get the same amount of attention or consideration.

There are, however, certain key regulations and guidelines to follow in order to maintain excellent oral health.

When Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

The American Dental Association (ADA) and most dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months. 

Brushes lose their effectiveness in removing plaque from teeth and gums over time due to regular wear and tear. 

According to studies, the bristles break down and lose their potency after 3 months.

Another factor we don't usually consider (and definitely don't want to consider) is that viruses may lurk in toothbrush bristles and accumulate over time. After a cold, it's critical to replace your toothbrush to avoid reinfection.

If the bristles are not adequately cared for, fungus and germs can grow in them. After each use, carefully rinse and dry your toothbrush before storing it uncovered in an upright position, away from other toothbrushes that have been used. 

Cover your toothbrush head when traveling to safeguard it and prevent germs from spreading.

If you're not sure how long it's been, look at your toothbrush head to see if the bristles are in good shape.when the bristles are worn, fanned, or torn, or if you see dark color changes, which indicate mold.

What Happens If I Don't Replace My Toothbrush On A Regular Basis?

If the fact that germs and fungi grow on your toothbrush bristles over time isn't enough to convince you to change your toothbrush more frequently, there are a slew of other hazards and unpleasant consequences to consider. 

One concern is that your gums will be damaged when outdated toothbrushes become inefficient at eliminating plaque from your teeth, resulting in gingivitis. Gingivitis, if left untreated, can develop to infection, which can lead to tooth loss.

Even more undesirable, overused toothbrushes may get you sick (see: bacteria and fungal buildup), your toothbrush can mildew, and, perhaps most unappealing of all, you can eat unwelcome particles if placed near a toilet.

I don't know about you, but I'm going to change my toothbrush right now and make an appointment with my dentist for a deep cleaning.

What to Look for When Buying Dental Supplies

During your next dental exam and cleaning, ask your dentist for advice on what you should buy depending on your specific needs, oral health, and other factors.

Look for toothbrushes with soft bristles, as harsh bristles can harm your teeth and gums, according to dental specialists.

Use a toothbrush with a head that only brushes one or two teeth at a time, toothpaste with fluoride that has been authorized by the ADA, mouthwash to help battle plaque and gingivitis, and floss!

Consider purchasing an electric toothbrush, which has been shown to enhance oral health beyond that of a manual toothbrush by removing plaque, lowering gingivitis, and removing tooth stains. They've also been demonstrated to help persons with periodontal disease reduce the amount of plaque on their teeth.

Investigate which products are most suited to your needs, and don't forget to seek advice from your dentist.