Get the most from your toothbrush

Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth at its best. But if you want to get the most out of your toothbrush there are some things you can do.

Let your brush dry

First, let your brush dry between uses. Doing so will prevent germs, fungus, and bacteria from breeding. Be sure you rinse it well after using and shake off the excess water. Store it standing upright so the bristles can dry properly.

Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head regularly

Next, change your toothbrush or electric brush head often. Sticking with the same toothbrush for months at a time may cause you to compromise your oral health. Most dental professionals and hygienists suggest that you change your toothbrush every three months, or as soon as the bristles fray. That way you can prevent a build-up of germs and bacteria on your brush.

When you continue using the same brush for longer than three months the bristles become frayed and are not able to clean the teeth properly. For this reason, Oral-B toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads contain blue indicator bristles that fade to show you it's time to replace them. You can use Oral-B Floss Action Replacement for changing the head of your electric brush. Using a new toothbrush every three months will also help you clean your teeth and remove plaque more effectively because the brush is fresh and free from any lingering bacteria.

Toothbrushes should be changed after an illness, cold, flu, mouth infection or sore throat to prevent germs from the illness from sticking around for longer. Germs hide in the bristles and can cause reinfection. If you want to keep your resistance up, change your toothbrush regularly.