Your teeth can last you a lifetime if you take care of them. Your toothbrush? Not even close. The average lifespan of a toothbrush is 90 to 120 days. It’s a good idea to keep a spare or two on hand for each member of the family.
You may not remember exactly when you bought your last toothbrush, but a visual test will do. Are the bristles frayed and bent? In other words, would the ends of the bristles not touch your teeth when you brush? Then it’s time to replace it.
Did you know that 30% of people do not brush their teeth twice a day? Does anyone in your family fall into that category? Couple that with the possibility that they are using an old and ineffective toothbrush and you could be saying hello to more costly dental work.
Here are a few toothbrush tips to get your family to brush their teeth more often:
- Replace that toothbrush, every 90-120 days. Using a new brush is more enjoyable.
- Let the kids pick out their toothbrush in the store. It’s okay if it has cartoon characters, it still works.
- If a battery or electric toothbrush is more your style, go for it. Whatever gets you in front of the sink and brushing those teeth!
- Put a toothbrush for each member of the family in every bathroom in your house. Sometimes you don’t plan to brush your teeth, but if you’re in the bathroom anyway, and the mood strikes you, you might get in another brushing for the day.
- Ask your kids, “Did you brush your teeth?” Ask and you get, don’t and you won’t.
- If your kids are going for an overnight stay, ask if they packed a toothbrush.
- Toothbrushes make awesome stocking stuffers!
- Tell the Tooth Fairy to leave money AND a new toothbrush under your child’s pillow.
Toothbrush Care Tips:
- We already said it but it’s worth repeating: Replace your toothbrush every 90-120 days.
- If you’ve been sick, replace your toothbrush.
- Don’t store your toothbrush in a container. That’s a great way to grow bacteria on the bristles.
- Rinse your brush before you store it to remove saliva and toothpaste.
- Store your toothbrush vertically, not horizontally, so it can dry between brushings.
Technique has an effect on the lifespan of your toothbrush. If you have a white knuckled death grip on your brush handle, grit your teeth hard and brush like you’re angry, then your brush will wear out quickly. Not to mention, that’s not an effective way to clean your teeth and it may be brushing away healthy enamel. Instead, angle the toothbrush toward your gums and lightly massage the bacteria out from under them,using a light circular motion.
Your toothbrush is a vitally important tool in your daily routine but remember, don’t get too attached to it because you’ll need to throw it away in about 90 days.