31 Dec When Should You Replace Your Toothbrush – Elite Dental Care Tracy
Do you know how often and why you should change your toothbrush? Do you remember when was the last time you have changed the toothbrush? It is important that you replace your toothbrush very often.
We know that the toothbrush is the main source used to clean the germs from our teeth daily, we should definitely keep changing our toothbrush at regular intervals.
American Dental Association recommends that the toothbrush should be changed for every three months.
Keith Arbeitman a dentist in New York city has 15+ years of experience, based on his experience, he is sure that many of his patients are not changing their tooth brushes often, so he decided to distribute new tooth brushes to his patients in every visit,
which inculcates the habit of changing the toothbrush at regular intervals in them.
Change of toothbrush depends on how often you use it. You should the judge to take the decision of when to change your toothbrush.
Observe the toothbrush if the bristles start bending or getting messed up with each other then it is time to change your toothbrush.
As per ADA, if you use your toothbrush twice a day then it should be changed for every three months.
If you use the toothbrush to brush less then it need not be changed frequently but brushing less is not recommended for good oral health.
Generally, we keep our toothbrushes in the bathroom with the bristles open to air, in such cases many types of bacteria and viruses in the bathroom sit in the head(among bristles) of the toothbrush.This might be one of the reasons we get viral fevers, flu, other disorders related to germs.
This viral fevers might easily spread from one person to other in a family because all the brushes are kept at one place adjacent to each other.
Try to store your toothbrush in a safer place.
After brushing, run your tongue across the teeth if you have the slippery feeling and experience bad breath then it is time to change your toothbrush.
If you find detritus(waste or remained particles) at the bottom of the bristles immediately replace the toothbrush.
If the bristles of your toothbrush becomes unraveled, you should change your toothbrush because it cannot safeguard your gums and tooth from any infections.
If you do not change your toothbrush for many days then instead of protecting your oral health it will in turn become potentially harmful to your teeth as it does not clean the teeth properly.
In case of an electronic toothbrush change the head of the toothbrush for every three months.
Toothbrush should not be stored in closed area as it might pile up gums in the bristles, it should be stored in open air and allow the brush to dry, this kills bacteria or germs present in the bristles.
Whenever you use the flush in the bathroom, close the lid and flush because during the flush time many harmful bacteria or germs fly in air and these spread very rapidly and might sit on the bristles of the toothbrush if they are stored in 8 to 10 metre radius.
If you do not change your toothbrush whenever required it will damage your enamel which results in poor oral health, overgrowth of bacteria in between the teeth causes infections or inflammations.
Be alarmed in storing and changing of your toothbrush at regular intervals or your mouth will become a hub for bacteria resulting in many harmful diseases destroying your oral and physical health.