Whether you believe it or not, your toothbrush can make you sick. After a period of time, bacteria settle in the bristles of your toothbrush, creating a breeding ground for millions of tiny microorganisms. While some people might think that replacing their toothbrush is not necessary, Colgate Oral Care Center feels differently.
Just as shoes and clothes become old, tattered and worn out, so do your toothbrush. You may change your clothes every several months, or perhaps every few years. However, you should take your oral health care more seriously. You should replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months. If you are super cautious and want to stay on top of your oral health, you can elect to replace your toothbrush once a month, or every other month. However, the condition of your toothbrush will confirm the appropriate time to start looking for a replacement.
After three months of continual use, the bristles on your toothbrush becomes ineffective in removing plaque. For this reason, dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush or toothbrush head at this time. You should also allow your toothbrush to dry in the open dry to prevent bacteria growth. When traveling, remember to pack your toothbrush in a protective plastic storage container. This will ensure that the bristles on your toothbrush are not flattened or squashed.
Good oral health begins with your first visit to your dentist, and with good oral hygiene. Choosing the best toothbrush is a the first step in protecting your smile. At Cocoa Beach Family Dentistry, we thrive to make sure our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. For more information on dental care for you and your family, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We are more than happy to set you up with an appointment.