How often should I replace my toothbrush?
When food is expired or when clothes are faded, we get rid of them very quickly. However, when it comes to oral health, we tend to pay slightly less attention to it. When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? Before you brush again, ask yourself that question.
So, when do we change it?
According to the American Dental Association, toothbrushes should be replaced approximately every three to four months, or more often if the bristles become matted
or frayed. Overtime, toothbrushes go through normal wear and tear, thus making it less effective. It is also important to remember that bacteria and germs hide in between the bristles and tend to build up quickly. So it is very important, not only for effectiveness, but for your health, to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
· Do not share your toothbrush with anyone. Sharing a toothbrush can cause an exchange of microorganisms between the individuals
· Rinse your toothbrush with water immediately after you have used it
· Store your toothbrush in a vertical position and do not cover it. Allow the toothbrush to air dry. By storing it in a closed container, there is a higher chance of microbial growth
· It is recommended to use a toothbrush with soft bristles
· Don’t forget to brush twice a day for two minutes
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Source: American Dental Association