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How Frequently You Should Change Your Toothbrush

How Frequently You Should Change Your Toothbrush

Posted by Dr. Sobieraj on Mar 21 2022, 08:45 AM

How Frequently You Should Change Your Toothbrush

We usually know to replace broken torn shoes or ragged clothes at the right time. But how many of us are aware of how often we should change our toothbrushes? Before you brush every day, notice the shape of the toothbrush whether it should be replaced or not. Replacement of toothbrushes depends upon usage, health, and preferences.

Toothbrush: A Perfect Germ Fighter

A toothbrush is an important oral tool to fight against harmful bacteria, tooth decay, and bad breath. Most hygienic straight bristle toothbrushes with easy-to-use handles are excellent choices to dislodge food debris, harmful bacteria out of the mouth. 

Brushing twice a day for two minutes helps to keep the cavity-causing bacteria out of the mouth. Brushing after each meal or having a sugary treat is the oral hygiene practice that keeps your mouth clean and germ-free.

When to Have a New Toothbrush

Dentists recommend replacing toothbrushes every three months or if you have been sick. Also, replace soon after when you notice bristles of the toothbrush are frayed or won't be able to clean the teeth thoroughly. The kid's toothbrush should be replaced more often as they may brush vigorously. 

Switch to a new toothbrush if you or your family member have caught viral and bacterial infections such as strep throat, cold, cough, and so on. If anyone uses your toothbrush by mistake, replace it immediately as a safety precaution. Else, it may be feeding other bacteria too.

Take Care of Your Toothbrush

To utilize most of your toothbrush, take care of it as a personal hygiene oral care tool. Follow the useful tips below to ensure your toothbrush is in good condition for as long as possible.

  • Don’t share your toothbrush with anyone
  • Store toothbrushes in an upright vertical position
  • Allow toothbrushes to air dry and leave them exposed to the open air
  • Do not store toothbrushes in a closed container as the presence of moisture makes it a favorable place for bacteria to feed.
  • Store the toothbrushes in such a way that won't let the heads touch each other
  • After toothbrushing, rinse the toothbrush in tap water and clean thoroughly

Toothbrushes are not so expensive items to purchase. Hence, get a new one every three months to preserve your best smile. For routine dental checkups, visit Beautiful Dentistry at 2125 E Warner Rd #101, Tempe, AZ 85284. Call us at (480) 831-1700 to book an appointment.

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