Using the same toothbrush since last 3 months? You should definitely read this
Oral hygiene is something that we are taught since we are able to walk. We should brush our teeth twice daily, once in the morning and once before sleeping. We should also floss our teeth after every meal. We need to visit dentist twice a year and always keep away from consuming things that may harm our teeth.
One such instrument of oral hygiene that we use is a toothbrush. But for some reason we tend to buy the cheapest one available and use it until it breaks or withers away. But according to the doctors, using the same toothbrush for a long time is harmful to your oral hygiene.
Continue reading to find out the reason why.
A toothbrush generally is made up of plastic with a cluster of plastic bristles on one end on which we put our favorite toothpaste and use it to clean our teeth and gums twice every day. However the concept of oral hygiene predates the invention of toothbrush.
A predecessor of toothbrush was the chew stick, found first in Babylonia dating back to 3500 BC. Even the Ayurveda and Muslim medicinal texts talk about something known as miswak, a form of chewing stick which was used to clean teeth in the morning by chewing on it and dates back to 6th century AD.
Mass production of toothbrushes started in US in 1885 and at that time, animal hair was used for bristles and bones served as a handle. The modern toothbrush came out in 1938; the first electric toothbrush was made available to public in 1954.
2 Dos and don’ts of the toothbrush etiquettes
Most of the oral hygiene is taught to us by the age of 8, but still here are some of the dos and don’ts of the using a toothbrush.
- Always try and buy brushes with soft bristles. This will keep you from removing the enamel from the tooth due to over brushing or using force during brushing.
- Don’t cheap out on buying toothbrushes. Always buy branded toothbrushes from medical and pharma stores only.
- Try to use electric toothbrushes as they save the physical problems that may arise from constant brushing.
- Always remember the basics of brushing.
- Keep the brush clean and dry.
- Never share the toothbrush, no matter how much you love that person.
3 Why to change toothbrush frequently?
Our mouth is one hell of a place which gives free housing to a host of different micro-organisms and bacteria, even fungi! There are bacteria like streptococcus, which are known to cause strep throat. The longer you use the same toothbrush, more of such organisms will make it their home and this might harm your teeth and gums in the long run.
When bacteria make a toothbrush their home, it no longer cleans your mouth; all it does is that, it keeps contaminating the mouth with more resistant bacteria. Using the same toothbrush over and over also causes the bristles to lose their rigidity and they become loose and cannot reach the nooks and corners properly, effectively rendering your brushing useless.
But some people tend to oversee this fact and keep using the same brush until someone throws it out personally.
4 Harm of not changing the toothbrush regularly
The major harm of not changing the brush regularly would be that it will no longer clean your teeth. The bristles will break and won’t clean the plaque off the teeth and the cavities won’t be cleaned, causing bacteria to cause more harm.
This could even lead to serious problems such as gingivitis, discoloration of the teeth, bad breath (really bad, trust us) and even tooth loss. If you allow the bacteria to keep residing in your mouth, it may also lead to you developing cardiovascular and heart diseases as well and even in some rare cases cancer of the mouth.
So remember to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months and don’t buy cheap brushes.