Do you remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush? It’s a known fact that toothbrushes are not intended to last forever. However, we stay with the same toothbrush for much longer than we should. We don’t think twice about tossing out expired food or make-up, but we’re not doing the same thing when it comes to our dental hygiene. If you’ve had the same toothbrush for over six months, pay attention!
Did you know that according to manufacturer guidelines and dentist recommendations, you should change your toothbrush every three months? There are also a few situations where you might need to replace it sooner. If you fail to replace a toothbrush when required, it will damage your dental health and spread infection.
Why it’s vital to take care of your toothbrush
Gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath are all caused by bacteria, and your toothbrush is your first line of protection against them. Bristles in good condition can effectively remove food and bacteria that can accumulate in your teeth’ bases. If the bristles are too old, you’re not effectively cleaning your teeth which can turn into more severe problems.
When it’s time to replace the toothbrush
Brushes lose their effectiveness at scraping plaque from teeth and gums after three months due to natural wear and tear. Germs can hide and build up in toothbrush bristles, and we don’t even realize it. For this reason, it’s recommended to replace your toothbrush after a cold to avoid the possibility of reinfection.
If you can’t remember how long it’s been, look at the state of your toothbrush head and see if the bristles are frayed, worn down, or fanned out. If it looks old, it most likely is, so don’t hesitate to replace it!
What happens if you don’t replace it
You might think it’s not a big deal to keep an old toothbrush. Still, the reality is that you risk damaging your gums, as old toothbrushes become ineffective with removing plaque from your teeth. If left untreated, plaque buildup leads to gingivitis and other more serious dental issues. Additionally, bacteria and fungus build up over time which can make you sick.
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