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Brushing twice a day, with a charcoal toothpaste, for example helps remove plaque so that your teeth can shine at their best. Have you ever thought that your toothbrush should be replaced from time to time? When to Replace Toothbrush or How Often to Replace Toothbrush is therefore a frequently asked question.
You Brush With a Bamboo Toothbrush? Great! You might be wondering how often should you replace your bamboo toothbrush? As with electric toothbrushes or plastic toothbrushes, it is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months. After that time, the charcoal bristles of the bamboo toothbrush will also wear out.
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The bristles of your toothbrush get a lot of friction. Over time, you may notice that the bristles become less stiff and less efficient at removing plaque. When the bristles start to break off or no longer stand straight in your toothbrush, it’s time for a new toothbrush.
Not replacing your toothbrush often enough has several drawbacks:
Replace at least twice a day, and for 2 minutes each time. Just add up how many times you brush back and forth in that time. The bristles of your toothbrush take quite a bit of abuse when you brush your teeth. They wear down from that, making them less stiff. This has a negative effect on removing plaque and bacteria from your mouth.
Some of the bacteria and fungi that you brush away every day remain on your toothbrush. We don’t sterilize our toothbrushes. They will continue to grow on your toothbrush and eventually become a breeding ground. Research has shown that this growth is greatest after 10-12 weeks. So that is the ideal time to buy a new toothbrush.
As the bristles wear down, it becomes more difficult to reach hard-to-reach places. This will lead to more plaque build-up, which can develop into tartar.
Because a worn toothbrush is less efficient at brushing and also contains more bacteria, you are at greater risk of developing gum disease.
Changing your toothbrush is a fresh start to good oral health. Do you currently use a manual toothbrush and want to switch to an electric one? Make sure you have a sufficient supply of toothbrush heads for your home. That way, you can reduce the hurdle of replacing your brush head every three months.
Prefer bamboo toothbrushes over plastic ones? Even then, it is recommended that you buy enough supplies.
Frequently asked questions
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, you should replace your toothbrush every three months. Do you brush more often or longer? Then you should replace your toothbrush sooner. Also, if you have been ill, you should replace your toothbrush.
How do I know if my toothbrush needs replacement?
Some toothbrushes change colour when they need to be replaced. Other toothbrushes have bristles that are worn down. This can be seen by the bristles breaking off or becoming bent on the toothbrush.
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