It is recommended that everyone goes to the dentist every six months, so twice a year. Going to the dentist can be awful, but the plus side is you get to leave with a goodie bag that has a brand new toothbrush! However, is six months too long to wait to get a new toothbrush?
The answer is yes. You SHOULD be changing out your toothbrush every three to four months.
According to Oral-B, “no matter what kind of toothbrush you use, its bristles can become frayed and worn and may lose their effectiveness. Clinical research has shows that a new toothbrush can remove more plaque than one that is worn out…”
It is also crucial that you get a new one right after you’ve been sick. Bacteria will continue to live on your toothbrush, putting you at higher risk of getting sick again. Additionally, according to the ADA, storing your toothbrush in a closed container will also allow for bacteria to grow. Rather, “store the brush in an upright position… and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again.”
1. Do not share toothbrushes
This will increase your chances of getting ill. Plus, it’s kind of gross.
2. Be sure to rinse toothbrush thoroughly after each use
It is important to be sure that any extra toothpaste or saliva is removed from the toothbrush after using. Anything that is left on there will only add to/collect bacteria.
3. Pay close attention to the wear and tear of the bristles
As previously mentioned, this is important to the effectiveness of the toothbrush when cleaning your teeth. The more wear and tear, the less likely that the toothbrush is doing its job.
So take care of your toothbrush and your teeth!
Oh, and remember to floss.