Changing your toothbrush is essential for good oral hygiene. The bristles need to be soft, springy, and able to remove food particles. It also needs to be able to stand up to the wear and tear that it goes through. A worn-out toothbrush can damage your gums and teeth.
Brushing with a new toothbrush can eliminate the bacteria that build up on your toothbrush and your mouth. This can help prevent a number of dental problems.
Typically, it is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months. However, your dentist may recommend that you do so sooner. If you have an infection, for example, your dentist may recommend changing your toothbrush before you have symptoms.
If you are brushing with too much force, your bristles will wear out before the three-month mark. In this case, you need to replace your toothbrush as soon as possible.
You should also check for frayed bristles. These are a sign that your toothbrush is no longer cleaning your teeth properly. Frayed bristles don’t reach all the way down to the gum line, so you may need a new toothbrush.
Whether you are using an electric toothbrush or a regular toothbrush, it is a good idea to use a clean one. There are many zero-waste toothpastes on the market that will not harm the environment.
To avoid cross-contamination, make sure that your toothbrush is always away from the toilet. Also, keep your toothbrush out of the reach of children, who are likely to gnaw on it.