How Often Should You Replace Brush Head and Why Is It Important

Oral and dental health is linked to general health. Cavities and gum disease can make it difficult to eat and speak correctly, as well as causing pain and a foul smell. Dental health is essential and should be cared for and maintained if we wish to avoid any significant issues from our teeth’ negligence.

As we all know, the care for your dental hygiene starts with a toothbrush and toothpaste. These two products are the ones with which we are first introduced. They are the basis for the future of our teeth and everything that dental hygiene entails. However, even when it comes to something with which we are familiar since before we can remember, questions still arise regarding the most fundamental parts of any process, no matter how ordinary or known it is to us.

Hence, one of the most frequently asked questions regarding dental hygiene is a most basic one. How much time should pass before we change our brush head?

This article will discuss the most convenient time to replace your manual and your electric brush head. Due to the manual and electric toothbrushes being so different, it is not unimaginable to know that the same rules regarding the change of brush heads do not apply in both cases.

So, let us jump right into it.

Why Is It Important to Change Brush Heads?

First, let us discuss why changing the brush heads on your manual and electric toothbrush is essential.

Toothbrushes and Expiration Dates
Like everything in life, even toothbrushes have a life expectancy. Yes, it’s true. A toothbrush can and will become harmful to use after a significant period has passed without changing it.

Thus, it sounds like a good idea to keep track of when you purchased your toothbrush—remembering that date will make it much easier to know when you should say goodbye to the old toothbrush and move on to a new one.

Toothbrushes Can Be Worn Out
Everything has its point of no return, and toothbrushes are no exemption. After some time, toothbrushes become ineffective and can no longer be as efficient in cleaning your teeth and gums as they were in their younger days.

Worn Bristles = More Bacteria
As time passes, the once-solid and new bristles on your toothbrush become worn out. As the bristles decrease in quality, bacterial and fungal growth increase in quantity. Additionally, worn-out bristles could cause extensive gum bleeding.

Now that we know why it is crucial to change brush heads, let’s see when it is best to do it.

The Life Expectancy of a Toothbrush

As mentioned above, all good things must come to an end, even the time with your toothbrush. So, let’s see when is the most appropriate time to say goodbye to your manual and when to your electric toothbrush, respectfully.

How Long Does a Manual Toothbrush Last?
Experts, dentists, and dental hygienists all agree when it comes to this. The time recommended the most for changing your brush head, i.e., toothbrush, is every three months.

Moreover, people who stick to the two times a day brushing routine should make it a rule to change their toothbrush every three months to avoid the buildup of bacteria, food, and plaque in or on their teeth.

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