In addition to brushing and flossing, your teeth require a little extra care every once in a while. Specifically, dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every 1-3 months. Maybe you think dentists have stock in the toothbrush industry, but the real reason dentists make this recommendation is because using the same toothbrush for more than three months can have some serious consequences, including contributing to heart disease.
Reason #1: Frayed Bristles
After a while, your toothbrush frays and doesn’t work as well. Even if your teeth look and feel clean, the frayed bristled will fail to get the nooks and crannies that the straight and stiff bristles of a new toothbrush can actually get.
Reason #2: Bacteria
Moist toothbrushes create a perfect environment to grow bacteria, and combined with the bacteria already in the mouth, your toothbrush may contribute to the amount of bacteria in harmful ways by transferring germs and causing them to grow.
Reason #3: Cuts
Frayed toothbrush bristles brush your gums and can even become sharp. When the bristles cut your gums, it leaves them more vulnerable to infection, swelling, and bleeding. Germs can enter the bloodstream through these cuts. Dr. Robinson, a dentist in Mapleton, counsels his patients with cut gums to change their toothbrush and change their brushing technique.
Reason #4: Reinfection
The germs from a cold, sore throat, or flu will get on your toothbrush and stay on your toothbrush if you don’t replace it or disinfect it. The contaminated toothbrush can cause reinfection.
Reason #5: Heart problems
The same plaque that builds up on your teeth can cause problems for your heart by increasing the blood flow in the mouth. Not keeping your toothbrush clean can really harm your teeth, and eventually your heart.
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