Have you ever wondered how often you should replace your toothbrush? If you are asking, the answer probably is… now! To maintain optimal dental health, it is important to replace your toothbrush every three months, after any illnesses, or when your toothbrush is exposed to airborne germs or chemicals.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three months because the bristles start showing their wear and are less effective. Additionally, germs, fungus and bacteria can build up and stick to the bristles—causing a situation where you could get an infection (or re-infected with a cold) if you use a toothbrush that has been exposed to these germs.
How to Keep your Toothbrush Clean?
After use, keep your toothbrush clean by rising off and then shaking the toothbrush to get off extra water. Store with the head side up, and keep it from touching other toothbrushes. When traveling, cover the toothbrush to avoid it from touching other things in your bags. Once a week, soak the toothbrush for 10 minutes in an alcohol-based mouthwash, such as Listerine. This will also help keep germs at bay.
Don’t Remember When Your Got Your Toothbrush?
If the bristles of the toothbrush have started to fray and fan out, and/or are worn you should treat yourself in a new toothbrush. Some people get on a new toothbrush schedule for example: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1. For anywhere from $1 to $3, a toothbrush is a great investment in your oral health!
Replacing your toothbrush is an easy, and inexpensive way to care for your oral health. Combine great self-care with regular dental maintenance appointments to help minimize any major issues. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.