10 billion microbes are lurking in the brush – and we’re not talking about your toilet brush – we’re referring to your toothbrush.
You’ve probably been told by your dentist or family doctor to change your toothbrush after you’ve had a head cold or throat infection – but waiting until you’re sick to switch-out this daily tool might not be frequently enough. General Dentists at Apple Dental Group on Elbow Drive explain that it’s customary to replace your toothbrush every three months – or more often if necessary.
Do Toothbrushes Last Forever?
Whether it’s a manual toothbrush that you’re using or an electric variety – the bristles or head of a toothbrush aren’t designed to last forever. If being used daily the bristles begin to become misshapen – making it hard to remove plaque and food debris from in-between teeth and at the very back of the mouth. Bristles that have come flat and shortened just can’t do an adequate job of reaching tight spaces and grooves – allowing hiding food particles to remain on tooth surfaces and add to plaque levels.
Can Your Toothbrush Make You Sick?
If you’re keeping you’re brush uncovered and within six feet of a toilet – that is just too close for comfort and may result in you having some ‘unpleasant’ germs nestled between brush bristles. Your brush is already a harbinger of E.coli and Strep throat bacteria – adding fecal matter in to the mix becomes just to gross to talk about – the message is keep your toothbrush in a cupboard or drawer to protect it from airborne bacteria – and avoid using tight plastic head covers that lock in moisture and add to the growth of bacteria. Thoroughly rinsing your toothbrush under lukewarm water will help remove any obvious particles of food.
Knowing that your toothbrush provides the perfect environment for bacteria to hide and flourish in – make sure that you throw it out, even if it still looks to be in good shape. It’s not worth risking your health by holding on to a brush for an extra week or two – head in to your Calgary Dentist for a cleaning and pick-up a new brush while you’re there.