Just how often should you replace your toothbrush? The generic time frame is typically three months but that can vary depending on your use of your toothbrush. It's a shocking fact to learn how many bacteria actually live on your toothbrush. Researchers found that your toothbrush can have as many as 10 million germs and bacteria, as well as be a breeding ground for tiny micro organisms. While that sounds shocking, according to Richard Price, a dentist in Newton, Massachusetts, the microorganisms found on your toothbrush cannot make you sick. Toothpaste has an anti-germ component in it that helps take care of these bacteria. Also, the microbes need moisture to survive so just make sure your toothbrush has enough time to dry after you use it so that the microbes don't have the moisture they need to survive.
To ensure that your toothbrush is kept clean and tidy so you don't have to replace your toothbrush too often, it's important to use it the way it supposed to be used, which involves rinse it and tap water and letting it air dry, according to Dr. Price. Make sure you store the toothbrush and an upright position. Also if anybody in the house is sick, it can't hurt to not store the toothbrushes next to each other. You can go to extreme lengths to keep your toothbrush clean by soaking it in alcohol to kill the germs Dr. Price adds. Other options for keeping your toothbrush clean are soaking it in mouthwash or boiling water for about 5 to 10 seconds.
The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush about every three months. This is because the bristles can wear down to become an effective so it's important to make sure your toothbrush can do it's job. Dr. Price suggest that the brusher has the control, so make sure if you have a heavy hand you know that the bristles can wear out sooner.
The key is to make sure the toothbrush has time to dry out between uses so that none of the germs are microorganisms can survive. There are some toothbrushes that have color changing bristles to indicate that the bristles have been worn out. So to make sure that your dental health stays in tiptop shape, stay on top of your toothbrush and make sure it's working at its best ability to keep your mouth clean and healthy.
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