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Your toothbrush is your main fighter in counter-attacking bacteria that try to stay in your mouth. With the help of its bristles, you can remove any food particles and bacteria that sit around your teeth. Brushing your teeth every after a meal or after eating a sugary snack is an efficient way to prevent yourself from getting toothaches and other dental issues. It is only vital that you have an effective toothbrush that can successfully perform its job.

In this article, we'll tell you when you should replace your toothbrush and how to keep it in good condition.

Why Change Your Toothbrush and When

Your toothbrush is made up of nylon bristles, and if you're following the recommended frequency of brushing your teeth two or three times a day, it will wear out over time. The bristles also weaken every time they get exposed to water and the chemicals from your toothpaste. With worn out bristles, it would be difficult to remove plaque, particles, and bacteria from your mouth. As such, you need to replace it as often as you can.

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control or CDC recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or whenever it looks worn out. When worn out already, it can’t protect your teeth effectively and may even become a carrier of more germs.

In a study conducted in 2013, participants who did not replace their toothbrushes after 40 days experienced more plaque buildup in their teeth than those who changed their toothbrushes. The study proved that 'bristle flaring' or the twisting of the bristles into a new shape happens every 40 days of consistent use.

When to Change the Head of Your Electric Toothbrush

The main difference between a regular toothbrush and an electric toothbrush is its look and function. Electric toothbrushes also use nylon bristles, but they have shorter bristles compared to regular toothbrushes. Because of that, their bristles wear out quickly after use.

Consider changing your toothbrush head every three months or earlier. Keep an eye on frays and replace them as often as you need.

Taking Care of Your Toothbrush

You need to take care of your toothbrush correctly to keep it clean and effective. Here are some reminders:

  • After using your toothbrush, clean it with tap water.
  • Never use disinfectant, mouthwash, or hot water on your toothbrush.
  • Do not share your toothbrush with anyone else.
  • If you store your toothbrushes in one container, make sure that the heads don't touch each other.
  • A closed container isn't ideal for your toothbrush. It might encourage mold growth or bacteria spread.
  • Conclusion

    It's not only important to clean your teeth every day. You must also ensure that you're using a clean and functioning toothbrush when doing it. Always keep in mind that toothbrushes also have their lifespan, and they need proper care. Regularly replacing them would ensure your family's dental health.

    If you want to take care of your dental health better, regularly visit your dentist. Drop by Dental House in Ann Arbor or Waterford, MI. We'd gladly help provide you a healthy smile you will love!

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