How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? We restock our supplements and vitamins, trash expired foods, and often replace our beauty products, but our dental hygiene is often neglected and given little to no attention as other areas of our regimen. This is why we bring you important tips and rules you should follow to maintain optimal dental health.
When do you change your toothbrush?
Most Dentist and the Nigerian Dental Association (NDA) recommend changing of toothbrush at most every 3 months. Overtime, toothbrushes become less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums when they are torn and worn out. Studies have shown that brushes loose effectiveness and break down after 3 months of use.
Another thing we should always consider is the fact that germs hide and build up in toothbrush bristles over time. This makes it important to regularly change your toothbrush to avoid tooth infections.
When a toothbrush isn’t properly taken care of, fungus and bacteria develop in the bristles. After use, rinse thoroughly and dry toothbrush. Store it uncovered and in an upright position and away from other toothbrushes to avoid contamination. Protecting the head of your toothbrush when traveling equally helps reduce contamination and spread of germs.
If you can’t remember how long you have been using your toothbrush, just pay attention to the bristles for discoloration, worn out or fanned out.
What happens if My toothbrush isn’t changed often?
If you are still not convinced on the importance of changing your toothbrush after knowing of bacterial accumulation on the bristles of your toothbrush, we will share with you other risks and uninviting issues involved with not replacing your toothbrush.
– You risk getting your gum damaged due to gingivitis infection. This happens as your old toothbrush has become ineffective with removing plaque from your teeth. If not properly treated, this will lead to infections that will make your teeth fall out.
– You could get sick from overused toothbrushes as your toothbrush could grow mold or possibly store unwanted particles if stored in a toilet which could be ingested.
If I were you, I would immediately changed my toothbrush and book an appointment right away for a deep cleaning with a dentist.