Maybe you are partial to your old toothbrush because you can’t find another one like it, or perhaps, buying a new toothbrush is just one of those things you tend to disregard because you think it’s not all that important. In any situation, hanging onto an old toothbrush could be doing you more harm than good.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you replace your toothbrush about every three to four months, but most people are lucky if they replace their toothbrush a few times a year. Take a look at some of the common reasons that an old toothbrush of yours really should be replaced.
It can be harboring dangerous bacteria.
You may keep your mouth clean by your standards, but your mouth is home to all kinds of bacteria and pathogens. When you use your toothbrush, all those germs and pathogens naturally transfer from your mouth to the bristles of the brush. Cleaning your toothbrush is always important, but it is still possible for germs and bacteria to bury themselves within the bristles.
It can be too broken down to thoroughly clean your teeth.
Some people like to hand onto their toothbrush because it has reached a point where the bristles are softer and gentler on their gums. As much as this sounds like a logical thing, it actually is not a good idea. If the toothbrush bristles have become frayed and broken down, chances are, it is not doing a good job of sloughing away plaque and bacteria when you brush. You can buy soft-bristled toothbrushes, and buying one of these every few months is far better than hanging on to a toothbrush that is broken down.
It can be bad for your gums.
A toothbrush that you’ve had for a long time can actually be hard on your gums. Most of the bacteria that can get into your bloodstream when you brush your teeth will make an entrance through the soft tissues of your mouth. If broken bristles manage to puncture your gums, you are making way for bacteria to slip right through.
Talk to Rayburn General Dentistry for More Information
Do yourself and your oral health a favor and kick that old toothbrush to the curb. Reach out to us at Rayburn General Dentistry for help with finding the best toothbrushes for your oral health.