Dental hygiene requires attention, and it is very important that you change your toothbrush every three months to maintain optimal dental health.
Toothbrushes will go through normal wear and tear just like other beauty and hygiene products and will become less effective as a result. The older your toothbrush gets, the less it will be able to remove plaque from your teeth and gums successfully. It is recommended that you make this change every three months because this is generally when bristles start to break down, which will lose their effectiveness.
Germs can hide in toothbrush bristles and will build up over time, and in some cases, fungus and bacteria can also develop. Always rinse off your toothbrush after using it and allow it to dry thoroughly by storing it uncovered in an upright position. Always keep your toothbrush away from other used toothbrushes and if you are travelling, make sure to cover the toothbrush head, as this will help protect it while reducing the spread of germs. If you have had a cold, replace your toothbrush right after, even if it has not been three months since you last changed it; otherwise, you risk possible reinfection.
It is also important to pay attention to the condition of your toothbrush because this will indicate when a replacement is required. If you notice that the bristles are worn out or frayed, it is time for a new toothbrush, and this is also true if you notice dark colour changes, as this is a sign of mould.
In addition to the accumulation of bacteria and fungus, you can also run into a number of other risks if you do not change your toothbrush often enough. You can potentially damage your gums because old toothbrushes will be unable to remove plaque from your teeth effectively, and this can lead to gingivitis. If left untreated, this can lead to an infection, and your teeth can fall out, which is a serious problem. You can also get sick from old toothbrushes, which can grow mould, so it is a must that you change your toothbrush regularly as recommended.
When shopping for a new toothbrush, look for soft-bristled brushes because the harder ones can damage your teeth and gums. It is also recommended that you select a toothbrush head size that can touch one or two teeth at a time. If you are ready to upgrade, you can invest in an electric toothbrush because these are very effective in cleaning teeth and will successfully remove plaque, reducing gingivitis and eliminating staining. They can do more than a manual toothbrush, so discuss this option with your dentist. They will consider your individual needs and any health issues you may be dealing with and will make a professional recommendation based on this information.
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