Is it time to replace your toothbrush?
Updated: Oct 5
There are many reasons why you should replace your toothbrush regularly. Worn-out toothbrushes don't remove plaque well, used toothbrushes can become loaded with millions of germs, and if you're sick with a cold or flu, your toothbrush could be infected with viruses.
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your manual toothbrush every three to four months (don´t wait any longer than six months). Electric toothbrush heads may need to be replaced even earlier, every one to two months. But if you've recovered from a cold, flu, or another virus or infection, it's important to replace your toothbrush as soon as possible.
Here are some tips to take care of your toothbrush:
• Store it in an upright position.
• Let your toothbrush air-dry after each use and avoid storing it in closed containers, in order to prevent bacteria growth.
• Never share toothbrushes.
• If your toothbrush is in a shared holder, make sure it's not touching another toothbrush.
For more information, read the complete article at Real Simple: ibit.ly/jfhG
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