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Everything eventually wears out. Cars, computers, toothbrushes. Wait, toothbrushes? Yes, even toothbrushes. Your toothbrush probably isn’t something you think about since most people only use thiers twice a day. The rest of the time, it just hangs there by your sink, waiting for someone to pick it up again.

But like any other tool or item, eventually the time comes to retire your toothbrush. Or just throw it away. But when do you stop hanging it up, and just throw it out? You might be surprised.

You may only use your toothbrush twice a day. But when you do use it, you give it a pretty good workout, at least if you are brushing correctly. After a while, the bristles on your toothbrush just get worn out. If the bristles are not standing straight up and are curved to the side, it’s time to throw it out and get another one. A good rule to remember is that you should replace your toothbrush at least every three months.

If you have been sick, especially if you have had a cold, the flu, or you have been dealing with a cold sore, you need a new toothbrush. A toothbrush can hold bacteria for several days, which means not only could you become reinfected, but you could also pass your sickness on to your family or roommates.

If you have not been storing your toothbrush correctly it could be growing bacteria, or even mold. To keep your toothbrush clean, always give it a good rinse after every use, and store it upright and in a place where the air can dry it out. You should never keep it covered or in a container unless you are travelling.

If you would like more information on oral health or maybe a recommendation on what kind of toothbrush and toothpaste would be right for you, why not give Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a call at 248-852-8766? Dr. Michael Tobola would love the chance to talk with you about your oral health routine, and even give you a cleaning and exam!