Importance Of Changing Your Toothbrush
You use your toothbrush twice a day, seven days a week. That means it gets a whole lot of use. It’s essential to change your toothbrush because of this. Here’s why!
According to OnHealth, your toothbrush is home to millions of bacteria like e. Coli and Staph. When you put into perspective how many times you use your toothbrush, you are exposing your mouth to millions of bacteria. Your mouth is one of the easiest ways for bacteria or viruses to enter your body. This is why it’s so important to keep both your mouth and brush clean.
Think about all the times you get sick. When you are sick, you continue to brush your teeth. If you’ve had strep throat, a cold, the flu, mouth or throat infection, mouth sore, or even a canker sore, it stays with your toothbrush. After you’ve been sick and recovered, you should get rid of your toothbrush or replace the head if necessary. This way, you ensure yourself you won’t get re-infected by merely practicing proper oral care.
How Often Should I Change It?
So now that you know how easy it is for your brush to be infected, it’s essential to change it regularly. It depends on the type of toothbrush you use and the type of bristles it has. Oral B recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, if not sooner. A new brush can remove plaque more efficiently than a worn-out one. If you have been sick, as stated before, change your brush as soon as your illness has passed.
For more information on toothbrush care and how often you should change it, check out South Holston Dental. At South Holston Dental, we offer a variety of services, individualized treatment options, and therapy options. If you would like to schedule an appointment, visit us online here, or you can call us at (276) 466-9800 today!