If there are things that are not meant to stay forever, it’s your toothbrush. That is why it is recommended that you need a new toothbrush which needs to be replaced after three or four months.

But while your toothbrush is still around, you need to know some questions needing an answer to. In this article, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions (and a few tips we provide).

  1. How should you take care of your toothbrush?

Toothbrushes wear out over time and become less effective as they get older. More so, it may be a breeding area for microorganisms like germs, fungus, and bacteria. So, after using your toothbrush, shake it under tap water. Ensure to have it stored in an upright position so that the moisture will drip down or air out. When you take care of your toothbrush in a better condition, then it will be effective in cleaning your teeth.

2. How often should I replace my toothbrush?

Toothbrushes should be replaced at least after two or 3 months. Otherwise, if its brush bristles start to wear down, you need to have it replaced. Though toothbrushes are not as expensive as they may be, it is essential to maintain good oral health. Make it a practice to have your toothbrush replaced every three months. Or, when the bristles will start to wear out. So, if that’s you, cheers to that!

3. Do I need to encase my toothbrush when traveling?

Surely, you need to have it encased when you travel. Many people would prefer to have their toothbrushes when going on a trip. Although there are those which will be provided by hotels and other accommodations, people tend to have something on their own. So, make sure not to leave your toothbrush out of its case or cover.

4. How do I keep my toothbrush clean at all times?

Yes, we mentioned putting your toothbrush in its case when traveling. But, others suggest that covering the bristles can lead to bacterial buildup. That is, if and only if the brush isn’t fully dried up, before encasing it. So, to keep your toothbrush clean, you need to have it dried up after using it, and before having it covered in a container.

5. What type of toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?

You can buy different types of toothbrushes at your local grocery stores. There are three main types of toothbrushes: manual, battery-powered, and electric. More so, the choice of toothpaste will come in several varieties. But, any brand or type of toothpaste will work as long as it contains fluoride. Your dentist can recommend the right option for you. So, the type you choose is just a matter of preference.

6. Does the color of the toothbrush bristles matter at all?

Do you know that when the tips of your colored toothbrush bristles start to fade – it’s time to replace your brush? That is why these colored toothbrushes can help you remember when it’s time to replace it. Whether your toothbrush bristles are blue, yellow, red, or green, the color of the bristles doesn’t matter. That is, you are replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.

7. Are toothbrushes sterile?

Once you have started to use it, then it does need to have it cleaned up after using it. Your toothbrush should also be replaced if you have been sick recently. So, even if it isn’t visibly dirty or damaged, it could still harbor germs that could make you sick again. Cleaning your toothbrush is easy. Rinse it in hot water, whisk off the moistened water and place it in an upright position.

8. Do I need to have the right brand of toothbrush to use?

Again, this is a matter of your preference. There are a few brands and styles of electric toothbrushes available in the market. Some suggest it be more effective than the others at removing plaque. But, if you’re accustomed to using your favorite toothbrush brands, make sure to keep it properly.

9. Should I use a soft or medium-bristled toothbrush?

When choosing a toothbrush, select those toothbrush bristles that are soft. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are best used to remove plaques and debris in between your teeth. And, soft-bristled toothbrushes are less likely to cause damage to your gums. Medium and hard brushes can be irritating to the gum tissue, and if you force brushing your teeth. Medium type of toothbrush bristles is not recommended if you have sensitive gums.

10. Does an electric toothbrush work best as opposed to conventional types of toothbrushes?

If you have the budget, you may opt to use an electric or battery-operated toothbrush. But, if you are fine with using a conventional toothbrush, make sure to store it properly. You may consider using an electric toothbrush for optimal cleaning. For one reason, the vibrating bristles can dislodge plaques easily from your teeth. However, electric brushes cost more than conventional toothbrushes. It’s important to pick the right size toothbrush for your mouth.

11. Does brushing twice a day suffice?

Yes, it does. Keep it a habit to brush your teeth at least twice a day. This is essential to keep your oral hygiene as healthy as possible. But, make sure to have the right toothbrush. So, if you’re using the wrong toothbrush or not replacing it, you could harm your mouth more than good.

12. OK, but can I also share my toothbrush?

Toothbrushes are made for individual use. That is why sharing brushes with others is not recommended. Sharing your toothbrushes with others can spread diseases. So, never share your toothbrush with anyone else.

13. Finally, how do I dispose of my old toothbrush properly?

Like any toiletries, your toothbrush’s lifespan is usually around three months. Because the bristles are made of plastic, they can take many years to degrade, so don’t just throw them in the trash. Practice proper bin segmentation in your household. In this way, you can help with solid waste segregation and management. It’s your simple way to help our environment.