While you may be good at brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every night, do you have the fundamentals sorted with a good quality toothbrush? It’s easy to forget that toothbrushes have a lifespan too and should be replaced regularly. But how often you should you change your toothbrush and why bother? That’s exactly what we’ve be uncovering in today’s blog…
If you’re one of the many people that only replace their toothbrush once or twice a year take note: your toothbrush, or toothbrush head, should be replaced every three to four months. Researchers have found that a single toothbrush can be loaded with 10 million germs and bacteria, which continue to grow day-on-day.
How often you change your brush can also be affected by your brushing technique. If you’re quite firm with your brush the bristles might wear out sooner. While the three to four month rule is a good guideline, your toothbrush should be replaced sooner if the quality and shape of the bristles degrade. Frayed and worn out bristles mean a toothbrush looses its effectiveness in getting to all those tricky corners around your teeth. In turn, this means ineffective cleaning of your teeth.
You may also want to change your toothbrush after an illness to ensure you can continue your dental care regime bacteria free. Viruses can live for weeks on a toothbrush surface and continue to cause illness – so a fresh toothbrush is always best.
We recommend marking up your calendar as a reminder to change your brush quarterly – it can be so easy to forget. By setting a reminder you can be sure that you’re looking after your teeth and maintaining optimal dental care.
Looking after your toothbrush will ensure it remains in optimum condition for the duration of its use. To ensure your pearly whites stay in tip-top condition, along with your health, follow these toothbrush dental care tips:
For more tips and dental care advice browse our blog or book in for a routine dental appointment. You can make your appointment by giving us a call on 01254 297000.
Posted on: 21st Sep, 2015