Everyone uses a toothbrush, but do you look after it? Read the simple tips below to ensure your toothbrush is working effectively and not harbouring any nasties.
How do I look after my toothbrush?
Due to damp conditions, toothbrushes can be a breeding ground for germs, fungus and bacteria. After each use, ensure you thoroughly rinse your toothbrush and store it upright so it can dry.
To prevent any cross contamination, try to prevent multiple toothbrushes from touching during storage.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
It is generally recommended that you change your toothbrush head every 3 months. This is also when you should be changing electric toothbrush heads. If the bristles become frayed, you should change your toothbrush sooner. No matter what toothbrush you use, frayed bristles will be limiting its effectiveness and potentially damaging your gums.
Change it when you get sick
Toothbrush bristles do not kill bacteria, prevent disease or prevent you from getting sick. It is important to change your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold, flu, a mouth infection or sore throat to prevent reinfection.