Be honest, when was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If it’s been a while then it's definitely time to invigorate your oral health routine with a fresh new toothbrush.
Replacing your toothbrush might seem like unnecessary extra work but it’s actually extremely important to the health of your teeth. Over time, the wear on your toothbrush from too much use reduces the effectiveness which means it won’t clean your teeth as well, leaving you at risk of tooth decay, plaque build-up and gum disease. A fresh toothbrush is crucial in maintaining your oral health.
Although dentists usually recommend you replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months, there are a few other factors that could speed up this timeline. Here are 5 signs you should look out for that mean it’s time to get a new toothbrush.
If you start to notice that the bristles on your toothbrush look frayed, bent and worn then it’s definitely time for an upgrade. When the state of your bristles decline it means your toothbrush is no longer effectively removing plaque and cleaning your teeth and gums.
Touched Another Toothbrush Or Fell On The Floor
This one is pretty self-explanatory. No one wants the germs from the floor or someone else’s toothbrush in their mouth and all around their teeth. The transfer of germs is very easy between toothbrushes and in some cases, the introduction of foreign bacteria into your mouth could provoke illness. So, better to be safe than sorry! Even a few seconds is enough time for your toothbrush to pick up all sorts of nasty bacteria.
Gotten Sick Recently?
When you are unwell and brush your teeth, your toothbrush is exposed to all the extra germs floating around inside your mouth. Although the reinfection rate is low, it is still recommended that you get a new toothbrush to avoid reintroducing those germs into your mouth once you’ve recovered.
Stored In A Container
Although it may be convenient to use the travel storage containers or any other containers for your toothbrush, it actually helps bacteria to thrive. This happens because when your toothbrush is in a container, it produces a warm, moist environment which leaves your toothbrush damp, creating the perfect place for bacteria to breed.
You Can’t Remember When You Last Replaced It
Try and think back to the last time you got a shiny new toothbrush. Can’t remember? Then it’s time to get a new one. By regularly replacing your toothbrush it ensures it is effectively cleaning your teeth as well as minimising bacteria growth.