According to most dentists, the average person should get a new toothbrush every three to four months. In some cases, dentists recommend using a new toothbrush sooner. If you fail to do that, you expose yourself to some risks. Most of us know that toothbrushes aren’t designed to last forever. However, it can be hard to figure out when the bristles are near the end of their expected lifespan.
So, how do you determine when you should change your toothbrush?
If you brush your teeth properly, your toothbrush will experience a lot of wear and tear after some time. The bristles will become worn out and frayed. If you notice that the bristles have started bending over, get a new toothbrush. When shopping for a new one, many people tend to focus on features such as the shape and texture of the bristles.
If you experience a crack or cold sore, ensure you replace your existing brush after recovering. Note that failure to do this can result in reinfection, as the brush can harbor bacteria and viruses for days. According to some dentists, you can use mouthwash to disinfect a toothbrush. However, there is little evidence to support this claim.
Also, a standard toothbrush is not costly. Therefore, it would be wise to get a new one instead and save yourself from the pain and inconvenience of reinfection. Some people choose to disinfect their brushes using microwaves and dishwashers, but this often ends up destroying the bristles.
There are numerous benefits of having travel containers for hygiene products. However, they are not recommended for toothbrushes. This happens because they create a warm, moist environment, making it hard for the bristles to dry out. Bacteria thrive in such environments. Therefore, ensure you purchase another brush after traveling.
Even if you follow all the recommendations for storing your toothbrush, it is still likely to harbor some bacteria between the bristles. This also happens to other people’s brushes. Therefore, if your brush touches another used one, they may pick up the existing germs. In some cases, the germs may cause some infections. You can avoid that by replacing your toothbrush if it comes into contact with some else’s.
If it lands somewhere, it may pick up harmful bacteria in just those few seconds. Whether it drops on the kitchen counter-top or sink, get a new one immediately. This will help to avoid getting oral infections.
Bacteria are found in all parts of the digestive system, including the mouth. This bacteria plays a crucial role during digestion. Note that the type of bacteria in each person is unique. Therefore, when a new bacteria gets into your mouth, it can have an adverse effect on your oral health. When you share your toothbrush, you increase exposure to periodontal diseases and viruses.
Finally, keeping your toothbrush clean will ensure you have good oral health. Some of the measures you can take to keep them clean include rinsing after brushing, storing it upright, and washing your hands before and after using it.
If you experience any dental problem, you can contact Dr. Khan from the Ikon Dental Group for help. He has years of experience and certifications from relevant authorities.