Toothbrush care does not cross most people’s minds on a day-to-day basis, but it does cross ours, which is why we wanted to take the time to shed some light on the number one toothbrush care faux pas.
Can you guess what it is? It is—drumroll please—not replacing your toothbrush every three months.
The American Dental Association recommends that you do—and we completely agree!
First and foremost, the longer you use a toothbrush, the more worn down the bristles will become. And it probably goes without saying that worn bristles lead to a less-effective tooth-cleaning session. And who wants that?
Another motivation to throw out your toothbrush every three months is that toothbrushes can harbor lots of bacteria. And we do mean lots.
Putting this bacteria directly into your mouth every morning and night is pretty gross. It can also lead to infected cavities, which is downright dangerous.
You can purchase toothbrush sanitizers (and if you do, make sure that you opt for one that has been approved by the FDA), but the best way to help your toothbrush stay squeaky clean is to rinse your toothbrush thoroughly before and after each use, place it where it can air-dry completely in between use and to replace it every three months.
Want a few tips to make adhering to this rule super easy? Here are three!
- Toss your toothbrush on the 1st of every third month.
Odds are that you won’t remember to toss your toothbrush on some random date. Make life easier on yourself by always replacing your toothbrush on the first of every third month.
- Write it down.
Pencil your “replace your toothbrush” days onto your calendar. Or schedule them into your phone calendar. It really is that easy to keep track, we promise.
- Buy in bulk.
Since you are going to be throwing out your toothbrush every three months, you might be tempted to pick up the cheapest toothbrushes you can find. Don’t! Toothbrushes aren’t a one-size-fits-all tool. Seriously. So ask your dentist what brand/type of toothbrush they would recommend for you.
Once you find your perfect toothbrush, buy it in bulk. You can usually find some great deals online!