Switching out your old, grimy toothbrush for a new one isn’t the only reason why you should do it. A toothbrush’s effectiveness is greatly diminished after even three months, and can carry harmful bacteria is not stored correctly. We replace your child’s toothbrush at their six-month appointment, but our doctors recommend that you replace it every three. We recommend disposing it after an illness as well. Here are a few facts and tips about toothbrush care.
- According to Medicine.net, your mouth is home to more than 100 million bacteria, mostly harmless to your health.
- According to the American Dental Association, a toothbrush can have bacteria on it right out of the box. This isn’t harmful.
- It isn’t necessary to worry about the bacteria transferred to a toothbrush from the mouth, but it should be disposed of after an illness.
- Never share a toothbrush, this can lead to an increased risk in transferring fluids and microorganisms and be hazardous to your health.
- Don’t store toothbrushes in enclosed places. A moist environment breeds bacteria.
- Store your toothbrush in an upright position and allow to air dry.