Want to hear an interesting (and possibly a little disturbing) fact? Researchers have found that a single toothbrush could be home to as many as 10 million different germs and bacteria. Some studies even go as far as to call it a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms.
But don’t worry! These germs and bacteria are not harmful in any way and are often thwarted off with an anti-germ component found in your toothpaste. Also, the microorganisms need moisture to survive and are killed off when your toothbrush dries up.
I know what you are thinking, “Wow, that sounds gross… I am going to go buy a new toothbrush right now!”
Well, if you have been using the same toothbrush for a while, then maybe it is time! The American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush every three months – not because of bacteria build up though, three months of wear and tear from brushing can cause the bristles to wear down and be less effective.
Three months is the average estimate, however some people tend to brush harder than others and will need to replace their brush more often. It’s important to check your bristles to see if they are shooting off in different directions – this is a key indicator of needing a replacement.
Fun fact: Some toothbrushes have bristles that change color when it is time to replace them, pretty cool huh?
An easy way to remember when its time to change your toothbrush is to get a new one after each dental check up (which should be about every 6 months).
If you have any other dental questions, feel free to give our 11201 Brooklyn Heights office a call, or stop in to say hello!