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Dangers of Using Old Toothbrushes

Posted on 3/15/2020 by Jared Pell, DDS
Dangers of Using Old ToothbrushesThe toothbrush that you decide to use on a daily basis is absolutely critical for your daily oral hygiene routine. Here are some significant reasons why you should switch that old brush out often.

Old Toothbrushes Can Be Harmful

One of the first reasons, of course, is bacteria, a toothbrush was designed as a powerful tool designed to kill toxins out of your mouth and although if you rinse well when you are done brushing and it will eliminate a good deal of the bacteria build up, no matter how much your toothbrush gets rid of, there will always be a bit that will stubbornly stick on the bristles. At first, this shouldn't be a huge concern, but then after some months, about three to be exact of use, there will be a tremendous amount of bacteria build up, and that old toothbrush is a great way to cultivate because  bacteria thrives in that dry, humid climate which exists within your toothbrush.

Then there are the actual bristles on your toothbrush itself. As with any device, things after daily use, begin to break down, such is the same with your toothbrush, which will have double the effect on your teeth. One of the first concerns with this is that the bristles are rugged and can damage the teeth and take the enamel off along with it. Secondly the issue is that after so many months of use, the brush is generally about 95% less successful in plaque removal than when you first bought it and it was fresh and clean out of the box, you might as well not be brushing your teeth at all if you brush them with an outdated and useless brush, in fact you are probably doing more damage if you do so.

Illness Are Always a Concern As Well

Then, of course, there is illness to contend with, and one of the best times to make a change with your brushes is after you have been ill. When you have been ill switching brushes is always a good idea. As a matter of fact, even two brushes might be recommended, one if you think you are feeling a little sick and then another one when you are all better again.

If you have any other questions about how to care for your toothbrush, ask us at your next appointment. We are always happy to help educate you on the best ways to keep your mouth healthy.
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