Odds are that you are quite proud of how hard you strive to maintain your oral health as best as you can at home, but what many people do not know is that your toothbrush has a recommended lifespan in order to ensure that you are getting the most out of it. Adding this small precautionary step to your healthcare regimen has the potential to make a world of difference in your dental health. Continue to learn about why it is necessary to replace your toothbrush, and how often you should be replacing it.
Why Replace My Toothbrush?
Your toothbrush is equipped with a strong set of bristles that help dislodge pieces of food and clean the surface of the teeth. Over time, with everyday use, the bristles begin to lose their length and become dull. This hinders their ability to properly clean the teeth; short, twisted and dull bristles will have an extremely difficult time removing plaque, bacteria, and food particles from the surface of the teeth.
Over time, your toothbrush also comes into contact with a large amount of bacteria as it cleans your mouth. It is for these reasons that are generally recommended by both dentists and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) to ensure that you replace toothbrush every 3 months or so. This is done to ensure that your toothbrush is as useful and hygienic as possible. This recommendation applies to both manual toothbrushes and the removable heads for electric toothbrushes, as well. It is also recommended to change toothbrush after you or anyone else in your household has been ill; this helps prevent the further spread of bacteria or virus.
Your toothbrush is a vital part of maintaining your oral health at home between dental visits at our dental clinic Robstown. Consider placing a mark on your calendar to remind you to replace your toothbrush or replacement of brush heads; you’ll be surprised at what a difference a brand new brush can make!