We are so conscious when it comes to our health and beauty. Checking expiry dates, replacing old products, and what not! However, we hardly pay any attention to the daily routine of brushing our teeth. Take a moment and think – when was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? Can’t remember, can you?
Everyone strives to achieve that perfectly clean white smile but few pay attention to the condition of their toothbrush. According to experts, for optimal dental hygiene, it is very essential to replace your toothbrush on time. If you don’t, it could lead to some seriously unpleasant problems with your mouth.
But when is the right time to throw away the old toothbrush and get a new one? Let’s find out!
The simplest way to know if it’s time to dispose of your toothbrush is to assess the state of its bristles. If the bristles are bent, matted, or frayed, toss it out.
As per the American Dental Association, you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. But many people tend to ignore this suggestion which is not at all good for their dental health.
Why is it important to change your toothbrush every three months?
The bristles of a toothbrush are aligned in a way that facilitates them to reach the fine spaces between our teeth and remove the remaining food particles. When these bristles are tattered or deformed, they are not able to do their job properly. As a result, the targeted areas of your mouth are left uncleansed which leads to the formation of cavities and plaque. If the situation is further elevated, these cavities can even foster some serious oral infections. Then what’s the point of brushing?
When your toothbrush is in good condition, its nylon bristles are rounded and are at an even height to protect the enamel and gum tissues. Consistent usage exerts pressure and friction on these bristles which makes them uneven and ragged. The rutted and sharp edges can tear down the enamel and scrape the gums, leaving your mouth vulnerable to bacteria and infections.
Moreover, even if your toothbrush looks as good as new, you must not forget that it has had contact with your saliva, blood, and a slew of food debris. Rinsing with tap water will not prevent your toothbrush from carrying disease-causing microorganisms. The risk further increases when you get sick. No matter how new your toothbrush might be, replace it once you have recovered from an illness as it can still be contaminated with those sickly germs.
So swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months and ensure good dental hygiene. For any other dental issues, book an appointment with Dr. Sachdeva!