Replace Toothbrush! Not Replacing Often Could Lead To Health Issues!
Can you remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush?
If your answer is more than 3 months ago, you’re doing it wrong, but don’t feel alone, around 75% of people don’t replace toothbrush as often as recommended. Most dentists agree that you should replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Studies show that after three months of normal use, a toothbrush is not as effective in removing plaque from teeth and gums. Toothbrushes can get infested with germs, fungus and bacteria that can later lead to health issues. Therefore, it’s extremely important that you make it a habit to replace your toothbrush often, at least every 3 months. But wait! That’s not it! Did you know there are other very important situations where your toothbrush should be replaced?
Replace Toothbrush after you’ve had a cold, the flu, a mouth infection or a sore throat. The germs hide in toothbrush bristles and that can lead to reinfection. When we get sick, toothbrushes get sick too!
Replacing your toothbrush often is not just important for dental health and having good breath. The bacteria that enters the mouth can travel throughout the body and cause several health problems that you may not be aware of. Among these health problems are:
Heart Disease/Stroke Risk
Bacteria and plaque can enter the bloodstream through the gums. Bacteria contain a clot-promoting protein that can clog arteries, which can lead to an increased risk of heart attack. Also, in some cases if bacteria clog the carotid artery which delivers blood to the brain and head, this could increase the risk of having a stroke.
Bacteria can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs where it can aggravate respiratory systems.
I never imagined that not changing our toothbrushes could lead to such serious health problems. But now we know! Let’s make sure to change our toothbrushes more often!
Fun Fact: Did you know the first toothbrush was made with “boar hairs”? Sounds like a tasty experience!