Posted on 8/20/2019 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
|One of the key tools when it comes to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums is the toothbrush. People worry about what type of toothbrush they should use, how they should use it and how they should care for the toothbrush, but they often leave out one of the most important things.
They don't think about when they need to replace their toothbrush. There are a few different reasons for turning to a new toothbrush.
Recognize the Signs of Wear
Toothbrushes do not last forever. Even the most expensive toothbrushes will show signs of wear. If they don't, it probably means you are not brushing the way you should. Some of the signs of wear include looking at the bristles of the toothbrush. If they are crooked or bent over or show signs of wear, it is time for a new brush.
A second thing to consider is if the toothbrush has debris or is colored in some way. This is a sign that you should get a replacement.
Reasons Besides Wear and Tear
There are times when you need to get rid of your toothbrush even if it is hardly used at all. If you have been sick recently, you should consider turning to a new toothbrush. Many people end up reinfecting themselves because they don't replace their toothbrush after an illness.
You will also want to replace your toothbrush if it comes into contact with other toothbrushes that may have bacteria on them or if it falls into areas in the bathroom where bacteria are present. The last reason to get a new toothbrush is if you can't remember the last time you got a new one.
Replacing old toothbrushes can help you keep optimal oral health. It is a relatively cheap investment that will pay big dividends in the long run.
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Beautifully written and very informative
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