What makes you change your toothbrush: The date or the damaged bristles?
In fact, it’s like your car’s guarantee… 5 years or 100 000 km? The first one to happen!
First thing to know, the Canadian Dental Association and your dentist recommend changing your toothbrush every three or four months.
Up to 10 million bacteria
According to the American Dental Association, millions of bacteria can grow on your toothbrush. By regularly changing your toothbrush, you avoid a lot them.
Our mouth is a real microorganism nest and they transfer onto your toothbrush; not to mention bacteria which are already in every bathroom. You know, germs from washing hands and toilet… Yes, we should close the lid before flushing, but this is another story!
In these epidemic times, don’t forget to keep your toothbrush far from your family members’ toothbrushes.
What to do?
A few tips to help reduce bacteria:
* Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after using it, to remove all toothpaste residue
* Store your toothbrush in an upright position and let it air dry
* Don’t store it in a closed place like a drawer, cabinet or travel case
* Travel cases should be used for carrying your toothbrush, not for daily storage. Make sure to let the toothbrush dry before putting it in its travel case.
Occasionally, you can soak your toothbrush’s head in antibacterial mouthwash. You should also do it if you are sick. And if you had a very contagious virus or bacteria it is recommended to change your toothbrush.
Rest assured, there won’t be more germs on an OLA Bamboo toothbrush than on a plastic one, because bamboo has natural antimicrobial proprieties.
Another way to know it’s time to change your toothbrush: the bristles are visibly matted or frayed. It’s important to apply gently pressure when brushing your teeth. Hard scrubbing isn’t good for your gums and it’ll damaged the bristles quickly.
Yes, we have to change our toothbrushes often, luckily OLA Bamboo offers an eco-friendly toothbrush with a compostable handle!