Exactly how often should you replace your toothbrush? According to a recent study, researchers found that a toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria. But don’t worry! These little micro-organisms most likely won’t do any harm to your pearly whites due to the germ-fighting powers found in toothpaste. Germs and bacteria thrive in wet, moist conditions which is why it’s critical to allow your toothbrush to fully dry after each use.
Keep Your Smile Shining Bright With A Clean Toothbrush
Taking care of your toothbrush will ensure that you are using a safe and effective teeth cleaning tool. Keep your toothbrush and smile shining with the following toothbrush care tips:
- Store your toothbrush in an upright position. Doing this will allow the bristles to dry more quickly and will prevent any bacteria from spreading to other surfaces.
- Soak your toothbrush in a mixture of water and peroxide to rinse away any potential germs. You don’t have to do this every time you brush, but it’s good to do every once in awhile.
- Avoid the microwave and dishwasher. Although this may seem like a viable option to kill bacteria, the heat warps and breaks down the plastic into a more toxic form that can be absorbed by the body.
When In Doubt, Replace
So how often should you replace your toothbrush? The American Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush or toothbrush head (if you have a spinbrush) every three months. This is mostly due to the breakdown of the bristles on the brush. If you tend to brush a little harder, you might need to change your toothbrush more frequently. When it comes to your children, it is important to check their toothbrushes and replace them when necessary. Remember, the life of a toothbrush ultimately depends on the wear of the bristles, not solely the date on the calendar.
Dr. Larry Duffield, Your Royal Oak Dentist
With every scheduled cleaning at Duffield Dentistry, our patients are given a complimentary care-kit which includes a new toothbrush. Your smile is something you should never feel ashamed about. Our Royal Oak dentist office is conveniently located for your general and family dentistry needs. Utilizing innovative cosmetic dental technology, Duffield Dentistry provides an experience that will have you feeling confident about your smile. Call our office today to discover why Duffield Dentistry is the perfect fit for all of your dental needs and schedule your appointment!