Your toothbrush is always there for you in the morning, but over time it can become ineffective and a breeding ground for bacteria. When was the last time you changed your toothbrush or your electric toothbrush head? If you can’t remember, then it’s probably past due. Many people forget about changing their toothbrush regularly and that could lead to bad dental hygiene.
The Truth About Bacteria
One of the biggest problems with using toothbrushes too long is the possibility of bacteria growth that can transfer to your mouth. While it is possible, it’s not a likely possibility unless you use a toothbrush cap that creates a perfect environment for creepy crawlies. If you store the toothbrush upright and let it dry out naturally, then the bacteria shouldn’t proliferate.
If you place them on their side and the bristles touch various bathroom surfaces, then you’re opening yourself up to bacteria.
In Sickness and in Health
One time people need to get new toothbrushes, and often don’t, is following an illness. The problem isn’t that the bacteria will somehow reinfect you, but that it could jump to other people. Many families will place toothbrushes in a communal storage space where they can touch and interact. This increases chances that the bacteria could transfer from one brush to another.
Instead, you should throw your toothbrush away immediately and maybe everyone else’s too. It doesn’t hurt to be cautious and no one appreciates getting your strep throat.
The 3-month Rule
In general, it’s a good idea to change your toothbrush every three months. The primary reason is if you brush regularly, as you’re supposed to, the bristles will begin to weaken, bend and even break. This leads to less coverage of your teeth and ineffective dental hygiene. If you don’t have that slick clean feeling on your teeth after brushing, then toss the old brush and get a new one.
Don’t forget regular dental checkups as part of good dental hygiene. Contact us today and we’ll schedule your next appointment.