Most of us know that the American Dental Association (ADA), dentists and hygienists recommend getting a new toothbrush at least every 3 months. Most of us do not comply; on average in the US toothbrushes are replaced only every 9 months. Quite a different reality compared to the guidelines for optimum home oral care. We believe, here at getNewToohtbrush, that such a difference exists because people are rarely explained why it is so important.
Here are the 3 reasons why you should get a new toothbrush every 3 months at least... without skipping.
#1: There are right now on your toothbrush about 10 million bacteria... and some of the ugliest are E-coli (Causes kidney failure, anemia, urinary tract infections, ...), Staphylococcus (flesh-eating bacteria), Streptococcus Mutans (causes tooth decay)...
Now, a fresh, clean toothbrush does sound appealing, right?
#2: The worn bristles of your toothbrush become sharp again and hurt gums and teeth enamel. When toothbrushes are manufactured, the top of their bristles is polished to make a little, rounded dome in order to be gentle on your mouth. After repeated use, those tips go back to their initial, jagged shape. So microscopically but daily, you hurt your gums and teeth by using an old toothbrush.
#3: Toothbrushes with worn bristles do not clean effectively anymore as they start to bend (splay), making it impossible for the bristles to reach between teeth and gum. This is where most of the cavities form... as you can see for a good reason.
So getting a fresh toothbrush avoids costly procedures at the dentist. And keeping your own teeth is always a much better option. You would not amputate your arm in full or in part; why would you for your teeth?
Oral health starts at home with a good oral hygiene. Keeping your pearly whites intact does involve your active participation. Dentists with cleanings help you protect your smile but as you can imagine it is what you do daily that is most important. Brushing and flossing are the pillars of good teeth. Unfortunately, you cannot expect to have good results if you do not have good tools. Getting a new toothbrush regularly (at least every 3 months) is a must to maintain an optimum oral hygiene.