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Replace your toothbrush – and the dangers if you don’t

Replace your toothbrush is not something you may have heard from your dentist, lately. Dentists often recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time, for good oral health.

Although, any efforts to clean your teeth may be completely wasted if you’re not replacing your toothbrush often enough.

Recent research from PlumbNation found that 40% of Britons admitted they weren’t changing their toothbrush as frequently as they should be. This habit is not only bad for your oral health but for your overall health, according to experts.

Replace your toothbrush
Replace your toothbrush

How often should you replace your toothbrush? 

People should change out toothbrush heads, at least, every 3 months if not sooner.

Everyone should watch out for signs of wear and tear making the toothbrush lose it’s efficiency removing food and plaque from teeth.

Unfortunately, when a toothbrush loses it’s stiffness or the bristles become frayed, it’s time to change the toothbrush head.

Throwing away your old toothbrush helps keep your teeth clean and healthy. It will, also, keep build up of germs and bacteria to a minimum.

What oral health issues can arise from using the same toothbrush for too long?

Old toothbrush heads carry bacteria as well as food particles. Food remaining in the toothbrush bristles can cause plaque build-up that leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

Also, when a person has any illness like the flu, strep throat, colds or tonsillitis, it’s a great idea to replace your toothbrush.

How to keep your toothbrush clean

Luckily, cleaning your toothbrush is not complicated. By using hot water to wash clean the bristles it will keep it disinfected between uses.

Soaking your toothbrush in mouthwash or denture cleaner, also, helps shake off any nasty bacteria.

After cleaning, it’s best to keep your toothbrush stood upright and allow it to air dry.

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