We all know the importance of brushing every day to keep our teeth healthy, and since we use this simple device every single day, it is also important to make sure we are using a toothbrush that is clean and in good shape. Because of that, the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, or as soon as the bristles become frayed from brushing.
Normal Wear And Tear
After about three months the bristles on your toothbrush are not as effective at cleaning your teeth. While you may think your toothbrush is working just fine but after a few months it quits being effective at removing plaque from your teeth and gums. It also is not able to get into all of the nooks and crannies of your mouth and clean your teeth and gums as well as a new toothbrush. The bristles become dull and out of place and are not able to do their job properly.
Studies have shown the typical toothbrush can harbor up to 10 million bacteria. You can prevent this from happening by taking care of it properly. Always rinse the bristles thoroughly after use and store it in an upright position and let it air dry. You can also soak your toothbrush in mouthwash or a solution of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide to help sanitize it. Once you have soaked it for about 10 minutes rinse it with clear water, place it in an upright position, and let it air dry.
You Have Been Sick
When you are sick, your mouth often has excess bacteria running amok. When you brush your teeth, your toothbrush will collect these nasty bacteria, so it is a good idea to use an old toothbrush while you are sick and throw it away when you start feeling better. Otherwise there is a chance you will reintroduce these germs into your system.
In addition to taking proper care of your toothbrush, using it twice a day, and replacing it when necessary, it is also crucial to maintain regular appointments.