It’s easy to recognize when you need to replace your shoes or clothes – when the soles wear out or the fabric starts fading! A harder thing to recognize, though, is when your toothbrush needs to be changed. In our busy day-to-day lives, it is easy to take our toothbrushes for granted. But there are some good habits to employ in regards to your toothbrush and when to replace it.
Replacing your Toothbrush
In general, you should think about changing your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months. But if you have been sick recently, you should replace it sooner. This is especially true if the toothbrush is stored close to other toothbrushes. If you notice that the bristles are frayed, it is probably time to replace the brush because frayed bristles do not clean teeth as well. And children will need their toothbrushes replaced more often since they tend to brush more vigorously than adults do.
Which Toothbrush Should You Use?
When you replace your toothbrush, you may wonder: which style should I go with? There are two general styles available. A manual toothbrush is portable and ready to go whenever you need it. Special electric toothbrushes, on the other hand, can provide better cleaning ability at the expense of portability and the need to charge it. It is up to you and your personal preference which one to get to replace your old toothbrush.
Maintaining your Toothbrush
Whether you use a special electric toothbrush or a regular manual one, there are some important tips to help keep your toothbrush in good repair. Keep it clean by rinsing it under tap water after you finish brushing to wash away any lingering toothpaste and saliva. Store the toothbrush vertically with bristles positioned in such a way that they can air dry. Don’t store a toothbrush in a closed container – this can promote the build up of harmful bacteria. Let the bristles dry fully between uses, and if you are traveling, consider using a disposable toothbrush during your trip.
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