Most of us are aware that our toothbrushes are not intended to last forever. But it can be hard to find out when our precious bristles are approaching the end of their existence. If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, there is a lot of wear and tear on your toothbrush.
Part of a healthy oral hygiene regimen requires taking care of and frequently replacing your toothbrush. If a toothbrush or electronic toothbrush head is not replaced when it needs to be, it can impact your dental health and result in pain and infection.
Why do I need to replace my toothbrush?
Firstly, it is the state of the bristles that determines the efficiency of your toothbrush. Toothbrushes go through normal wear and tear over time. Worn-out bristles will reduce the efficacy, making it more difficult to remove plaque and clean your teeth and gums. Your teeth and gums can also be affected by brushing with frayed bristles.
Secondly, a normal toothbrush can become a habitat for bacteria and other microorganisms over a period of time. Using a bacteria-laden toothbrush may lead to bad breath, gum disease, and even sickness in certain situations.
Thirdly, it’s a good idea to replace a toothbrush after any infection, including the common cold, a cold sore, or flu. This will help avoid any remaining bacteria or virus from re-infecting you or infecting others you live with.
When is the right time to shift to a new toothbrush?
It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or if the bristles wear out sooner. It is advised to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using a soft-bristled brush.
If you follow the instructions correctly, you will require changing your toothbrush after this period. The more frequent replacement may be necessary for individuals who brush more often, or who appear to use a lot of pressure with the brush. As mentioned earlier, ditching your old toothbrush after an illness is also recommended.
The first weapon against the bacteria that cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath is your toothbrush. On the date of the purchase, mark your calendar so that you know when it is time to replace them again. Knowing when to replace your toothbrush can help you be at the top of your oral hygiene game.