Why is a new brush head so important?
Learn the three key reasons why we should replace our toothbrushes every three months!
Over 75% of us don't replace our toothbrush head every three months like our dentist recommends, and it's much more than just a hygiene problem (some might not even bother to know when to replace their toothbrush). We get it! It doesn't matter how often we see the faded blue bristles, family calendar reminders, or blinking toothbrush warning lights — the second we put that brush down, we forget. Still, replacing your toothbrush is crucial to ensure clean and healthy teeth, and here are the three main reasons why:
Whether you use a regular toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, there are ways you can make it last the entire three months, namely:
Keep it light. Don't apply too much pressure when brushing. Instead, rely on short, repetitive back and forth motions to clean your teeth and remove food particles. If you apply too much pressure, the brush's bristles could strip away the tooth's enamel, the protective and strongest layer.
Rinse your bristles. Before storing away your toothbrush, make sure there isn't any residue, like excess bubbles and toothpaste, left on the brush's bristles. A proper rinse minimizes harmful bacteria that could lead to contamination.
Shake off excess moisture. Ideally, you want your toothbrush dry after use, but the process doesn't happen instantly. The next best thing? Shake things up to help eliminate excess moisture. Wet toothbrushes can cultivate harmful bacteria, which can cause other oral problems, such as tooth decay, strep throat, and gum disease.
One final tip
Regularly replacing your toothbrush is essential for good oral health. If you keep brushing with an overused toothbrush, you not only have to worry about problems in your mouth, but you could also compromise your overall health. Now that you understand when you are supposed to change your toothbrush (aka every three months), make it a habit!