How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?
Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Normal wear and tear breaks down your bristles on your toothbrush. This renders it less effective at removing plaque and surface stains. It also makes it harder to reach those tricky areas, and less effective in general. When you start to notice bent or frayed bristles, its time to change your brush.
Should I Change My Toothbrush After A Cold?
YES! It is important to change your toothbrush after a cold, flu, throat or mouth infection. This is because harmful bacteria can hide in your bristles, and you can re-infect yourself. These bacteria can build up, as well as fungus, making your toothbrush an easy access tool to get you sick again, possibly with something worse than you had in the first place!
What Is The Best Way to Take Care of My Toothbrush?
After you brush your teeth, it is a good idea to rinse it with hot water before storing. Make sure it is in an upright position where it can dry easily. A wet toothbrush is a dangerous invite for microbes, so be sure it can dry easily.
Can I Sterilize My Toothbrush?
Absolutely. You can sterilize your toothbrush easily in boiling water or by putting it in the dishwasher if you have a good heated dry cycle. You can also soak it in a solution of 4:1 water and bleach for 15 minutes. (Be sure to rinse it well!) There are even sterilizing cases you can buy that use UV light to sterilize your brush. Just be aware that some of these processes can start to break down your toothbrush, especially if it is a cheap one.
What Can I do With My Old Toothbrush?
The most common use for an old toothbrush is to clean nooks and crannies in your house like baseboards, doorways, locks, handles, and other small items in your house. They are also great for cleaning behind faucets, windows, and on tools. Just be sure to label your toothbrush so you don’t accidently use it to brush your teeth!