You know when to replace your clothes and shoes since they become visibly worn out and threadbare. But with toothbrushes, it isn’t necessarily obvious. We all have heard of the three-month rule, but is that true? How often should you change toothbrush heads to maintain good oral hygiene?
While three months is an ideal time frame to get rid of a toothbrush head, there could be other factors that would determine when you should replace it. So we decided to jump into this subject and find out when exactly to change a toothbrush head. In addition, we will also talk about why it is necessary to do so and how you should maintain the toothbrush head while it’s in use.
Every dentist agrees: You need to replace the toothbrush head every three or four months. That is a must, irrespective of the condition of the toothbrush head. Fungi and bacteria can develop on the bristles, and they lose their effectiveness.
While three to four months is the maximum you can push it to, you should also keep an eye on the brush head’s bristles. If they appear to be frayed, they will do a terrible job in keeping your teeth clean. Children often tend to brush their teeth a bit more rigorously than adults. At times, they even bite on the bristles and they’ll just wear out faster.
Another critical thing to keep in mind is that you should consider getting yourself a new toothbrush or a toothbrush head immediately if you have recently recovered from sicknesses such as colds, a sore throat, flu, or a cough. You should also do the same if your toothbrush was stored closed to another toothbrush that belonged to someone who is/was sick recently. The reason why we recommend doing this is that germs can easily hide in the bristles of the toothbrush, and this may lead to an infection.
For most people, it isn’t easy to remember when to change their toothbrush heads. If you are amongst one of those, then here are some tips for you:
Maintaining the toothbrush head is equally crucial as replacing it in time. A toothbrush head that is barely used for two weeks will do you more harm if it isn’t maintained correctly. Here are some things you can do:
Some of you might prefer to carry your electric toothbrush during your travels instead of buying one at your destination. To make sure that the toothbrush is protected from damage and exposure to unwanted items, you must place it inside a toiletry bag. This ensures that you don’t dump your toothbrush anywhere in your baggage to pick up additional germs.
A plastic toothbrush case is a good idea since it does a good job in protecting your toothbrush head from getting flattened or squashed when placed with other items. It is also best to disassemble your electric toothbrush when packing it in the toiletry bag.
Remembering to change your toothbrush head every three and four months serves as a safe general rule. However, it also can be sooner depending on various factors. Get into the habit of picking up replacement toothbrush heads for everyone in your family several times in a year, and setting reminders to keep everyone on track. Your smile will look terrific for years to come!