One of the most important oral health tools is the toothbrush. Not changing it regularly can lead to an infection and damage to your teeth. In order to prevent this, the American Dental Association recommends changing your brush every three to four months. However, your dentist may recommend a longer interval.
There are many factors that contribute to how often you should change your toothbrush. It depends on your personal health and how you use your brush. If you have been sick or have recently had a bad case of the flu, you should consider changing your toothbrush sooner.
You may also want to replace your brush if you travel a lot. Research conducted by PlumbNation showed that 40% of Britons aren’t replacing their toothbrushes frequently enough. Fortunately, you can set a reminder on your phone to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
Regardless of how often you should change your toothbrush, you should always brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. This will remove bacteria and plaque that can cause gum disease, cavities and other problems. Flossing is another important way to keep your teeth and gums clean.
After you have used your toothbrush, you should take it out of your bathroom and store it in a dry place. Soaking your toothbrush in a denture cleanser can also be helpful in removing bacteria.
You should replace your brush when the bristles start to fray or show signs of wear. Some signs include discoloration and a loose head. Frayed bristles reduce the effectiveness of your brush and will make it harder to clean your teeth.