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Why Do I Have to Change My Toothbrush Every 3 Months?

Dental care basically begins with brushing teeth two to three times a day. One morning while I was brushing my pearly whites, one question popped out that seems to be worth thinking of: Why do I have to change my toothbrush every 3 months?

Dentists, advertisements and even my mom would routinely say it to change my toothbrush quarterly. But why should I change it at that point? Do dentists really have a reason or number of reasons of advising it?

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So this is where I started scoring on various sites discussing about this. According to dental studies, here are some reasons why do I have to change my tooth brush every 3 months:

  1. After three months of usage, the toothbrush comes into its point that it is no longer effective in cleaning the teeth surfaces.
  2. A three-month period is enough to observe that a toothbrush must be changed before it wears out.
  3. The bristles simply are not that effective in cleaning. The worn bristles can be a good area for bacterial or fungal growth.
  4. Using a toothbrush more than three months might give you dental problems or halitosis or bad breath.
  5. Worn out bristles can cause gum bleeding.

So how about you, have you ever wondered why you have to change your toothbrush quarterly? This is actually true with manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrush is an exception on this routine unless the manufacturer told so.  Dental experts actually have done researches in order to come up with a standard 3-month life of a certain toothbrush.

The results are simply telling us that toothbrushes have certain lifespan too. It is actually true to all things that we use. That is why it is really important to take note of the date you purchased your toothbrush. Make a note on your calendar or simply keep the package in your closet and place a date when it needs to be change. Another idea to change your toothbrush on a 3-month basis is to keep two to three extra toothbrushes. They normally have a time to wear down. So keeping a number of toothbrushes in your closed is not bad so that anytime you can experience an effective brushing right on your fingertips. Some instances may call you to change your toothbrush even if you have not reached the 3-month period. Dentists also advise to change your toothbrush after you had an infection such as flu, cold, mouth sores or sore throat. There is a tendency that you could get sick again since bacteria can breed on those bristles.