Few of us take much thought into the toothbrushes that we use. As long as they get the job done we’re satisfied.
The American Dental Association recommends that a toothbrush be replaced every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Frayed bristles do not effectively remove plaque and germs.
So maybe our current toothbrushes aren’t getting the job done. In addition, millions of germs and bacteria have been found to live on a single toothbrush. So are they as clean as we think?
A worn out toothbrush is not an effective one. The three-month interval is not a fixed rule. If the bristles are bent and scattered about replace it as soon as possible. People with stronger hands may need to replace theirs more frequently.
Though they are plentiful, the germs and bacteria on brushes are generally not considered harmful or disease-causing.
In fact, worn bristles are more significant than bacterial accumulation. Toothpaste and dry air kills most of them.
The best advice is to rinse your toothbrush and after use and then let it dry. If you feel more comfortable sanitizing your toothbrush there are multiple approaches.
You can soak it either in alcohol, mouthwash, a solution of half-water and half-hydrogen, or boiling water for five to ten seconds.
Research has not proven that toothbrush sanitizers make any difference. Some people may believe the myth that you can stick the toothbrush in the microwave or dishwasher, but this will just ruin the brush.
It is also not necessary to replace a brush after having gotten over a cold or the flu. Overall, researchers and experts say that bacteria and germs should not be a concern.
So it is necessary to replace your toothbrush once the bristles are worn. But what type of toothbrushes are best? And are electric ones worth it?
The size of your toothbrush head and handle should be appropriate for reaching all your teeth comfortably. The bristles are highly recommended to be of the soft kind.
They are just as capable of removing plaque as harder ones. Harder bristles can actually damage your enamel and gums especially if you brush hard and do not use the correct motions (circular motions).
The main cause for concern is comfort. Make sure that any brush you purchase and use is comfortable. It has been determined by dozens of researchers that electric toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes are just as effective as one another.
Electric toothbrushes may be safer for those who brush hard and could or are damaging their enamel and gums.
The electric may help them brush softer. People with heart conditions and weak immune systems should consult a doctor before use to determine any risks for infection caused by the increased bacteria pulled into the bloodstream by electric toothbrush use.
Others are not at risk of any harm.
Toothbrushes are such a huge part of our lives. Their proper use makes a difference in our oral health.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or whenever the bristles are worn. Be sure your brush air dries after use.
Finally, purchase a brush that is comfortable and dotted with soft bristles.
If you follow these tips you will hardly ever have to worry before every dentist appointment.