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Experts recommend that people should change their toothbrushes every three months. Regular brushing can give you proper oral hygiene and healthy gums and in order for your oral hygiene habits to be effective, you need a toothbrush that is in good shape…

– After about three months the bristles on your toothbrush are not as effective at cleaning your teeth. While you may think your toothbrush is working just fine after these 3 months, in the real sense it has quit being effective at removing plaque from your teeth and gums.

– After a while, your toothbrush is not able to get into all of the nooks and crannies of your mouth and clean your teeth and gums as well as a new toothbrush. The bristles become dull and out of place and are not able to do their job properly.

– Studies have shown the typical toothbrush can harbor up to 10 million bacteria but you can prevent this from happening by taking care of it properly. Always rinse the bristles thoroughly after use and store it in an upright position and let it air dry.

– Another way you could sanitize your toothbrush is by soaking it in mouthwash or a solution of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide. Once you have soaked it for about 10 minutes rinse it with clear water, place it in an upright position, and let it air dry.

– If you’ve had a cold or a flu you will need to change your toothbrush. Bacteria and viruses can live in the bristles and reinfection can happen if you do not change out your brush after you’ve been sick.

– Three months is just a general guideline, however, if you have a heavy hand when brushing you may need to replace your brush more often.

– Another sign to know it’s time to change your toothbrush is when you notice the bristles are beginning to get bent and out of shape.

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