When was the last you changed your tooth brush?
Do you remember? We throw out expired foods, medicine etc. and replace them with new ones .but when it comes to oral health ,dental hygiene is mostly ignored and doesn’t get enough attention . However, there are certain things to follow for maintaining optimal dental health.
When to Change Your Toothbrush
Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months. This is because over the time your toothbrushes undergo normal wear and tear and become less effective with removing plaque and deposits in between your teeth and gums. Studies have found that around 3 months is when the bristles break down and lose effectiveness. Another point we don’t typically think about (and probably don’t like to think about) is that germs can hide and build up in toothbrush bristles. This makes it important to replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold, or risk possible reinfection.
If you can’t remember exactly how long it’s been, pay attention to the condition your toothbrush’s head is in – whether the bristles are worn out, fan out, or frayed, or change in color due to deposits.
What Happens If I Don’t Change My Toothbrush More Often?
If knowing that microbial growth may accumulate on your toothbrush bristles overtime isn’t enough reason to replace your toothbrush more often, there are also a number of other risks and uninviting issues involved with not replacing your toothbrush. One risk includes damaging your gums, as old toothbrushes become ineffective with removing plaque and deposits from your teeth, which leads to gingivitis. Meet with your dentist as early as possible to know more about your oral health and dental hygiene.