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Is Your Toothbrush Damaging Your Teeth?

Your toothbrush may be home to more than 100 million bacteria.

Researchers at the University of Manchester discovered that bacteria like E. coli and staphylococci (commonly known as staph) like to set up shop on your toothbrush. The same one you put in your mouth day in and day out.

Pretty gross, right? That’s why you should switch out your toothbrush regularly.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months. However, if you’ve recently had an infection or a virus, you should change your toothbrush right away.

Over the course of three months, the bristles of your toothbrush become worn down and are significantly less effective. When this happens, it’s harder to get rid of all of the plaque, food particles, and bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities. This leaves you vulnerable to even more bacteria and potential infection.

Rinsing your toothbrush when you’re done brushing is a small step to avoid this.

Properly storing your toothbrush is another way to avoid harmful bacteria

The most important thing to remember is to store your toothbrush somewhere clean and away from the toilet or sink. If you wouldn’t keep your utensils within spray distance from the toilet, why would you keep your toothbrush there? Germs can splash onto your brush, resulting in contamination from something called fecal coliform bacteria.

Once you’ve found somewhere safe to store it, make sure you’re keeping it upright so it can air-dry properly. Placing it in a closed container is asking for bacteria to multiply on your toothbrush.

Try to avoid keeping your toothbrush too close to your family members’. Bacteria can transfer from one brush to another and give your whole family a mouthful of germs. This is especially true if you were even thinking about sharing your toothbrush with someone else. Take it from your friendly neighbourhood dental professionals: keep your toothbrush to yourself.

What else can I do to keep my mouth healthy and clean?

Now that you’ve made a pact to replace your toothbrush regularly and store it properly, you might be wondering what else you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The answer is simple: visit your dentist regularly. They have the tools to thoroughly examine your mouth to diagnose and treat any problem areas.

Are you looking for a dentist who can help you stay on top of your oral hygiene? Dr. Andrea Stevens is waiting for you to book your first appointment.

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