Many people make the mistake of not replacing their toothbrushes after three to four months. Continuously using the same toothbrush is actually bad for your oral health, and we explain why.
It is recommended by dentists that you should regularly replace your toothbrush. Your toothbrush acts as the first line of defence from adverse oral health conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Structurally, a toothbrush has four main components; the body, neck, head and bristles. The main focus is the head which contains bristles. The bristles accumulate millions of bacteria once it comes in contact with your teeth and gums. When you’ve brushed your teeth, the bristles need to be kept thoroughly clean to remove the bacteria it’s picked up, and for it to dry at room temperature.
With this in mind, here’s why you need to replace your toothbrush regularly.
Bristles Will Wear Out
Brushing your teeth with worn-out bristles is next to useless. Bristles have their own shelf life and if your bristles are becoming soft and curly, they will no longer be able to accumulate bacteria, rather they would spread across your teeth and gums. Worn out bristles can also be abrasive to your gums and cause gum disease and inflammation. If your bristles are soft and curly, replace your toothbrush.
As we’ve just mentioned, your teeth and gums are likely to accumulate more bacteria even as you brush your teeth. You’re introducing more chance of tooth decay and gum disease.
If you’ve suffered from flu or a viral infection, you can reinfect yourself if you use the same toothbrush. The bacteria can be captured on your bristles, contaminating yourself. Dispose of your toothbrush immediately and start afresh.
How Can I Maintain My Toothbrush?
Besides the fact that you need to replace your toothbrush regularly, what is equally important is to keep your toothbrush clean. This means rinsing your toothbrush thoroughly after its use to remove bacterial debris.
You must always store the toothbrush in an open-air area so it can dry. Another key aspect of maintaining your toothbrush is to utilize it as best as possible. Apply the correct brushing technique at all times to get the most out of your bristles for a stronger healthier smile.
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