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Should I Replace My Toothbrush After an Illness?

October 21, 2020 9:40 pm | Published by

Do you remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush? On average, you should be swapping out your manual toothbrush or electric brush head with a new one every three to four months. But what about when you’re sick? In this blog post, discover if you should replace your toothbrush after coming down with a cold, the flu, or other illness.

Toothbrush Germs

We recommend changing your toothbrush after your sickness runs its course. Just like how germs can hide out on other surfaces, they can hang out in the bristles of your toothbrush too.

If you don’t swap out your toothbrush after recovering from an illness or oral infection, then you increase the risk of reinfecting yourself. And chances are after you’ve just gotten better that’s the last thing you want to happen!

Keep in mind that sharing your toothbrush with someone else allows for the spread of germs. So make sure everyone in your household has their own toothbrush that won’t be confused with someone else’s.

Optimal Cleaning Power

Aside from avoiding reinfection, there’s another important reason you should regularly replace your toothbrush. Over time, the bristles become less effective due to normal wear and tear. And when your toothbrush bristles can’t function optimally, your oral hygiene routine is less protective against plaque, tartar, bad breath, tooth decay, cavities, infection, and gum disease.

Your Oral Health Is Our Priority!

Want additional tips for keeping your at-home oral care in tip-top shape? With locations across the Pacific Northwest, Optima Dental Spa is here for you! Have a look at our other blog posts for more information or contact one of our offices.

If you’re interested in visiting Optima Dental Spa for the first time, we invite you to explore our website to learn about our comprehensive services, spa-like amenities, and Dental Savings Plan.

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