How often it is convenient to change the toothbrush

Maintaining a good and correct oral health, washing our teeth regularly throughout the day and avoiding certain foods and food products that due to their composition and characteristics become a clear enemy, are always recommended (yes, remember that it is not recommended do it immediately after meals). But also it is maintaining a correct hygiene not only in the mouth and teeth, but also in the different utensils and elements that we use for it.

An example is the toothbrush, the most used oral hygiene instrument, which is precisely used to clean both the teeth and the gums. They usually have a body or handle that is very useful when using it, with a series of bristles that facilitate cleaning in those areas of the mouth that are difficult to reach normally.

On the best moments to brush our teeth, there is some agreement among experts who point out that it is best to brush our teeth with our favorite brush and toothpaste after having eaten.

But with nuances, given that if for example we have consumed acidic or sugary foods (in addition to acidic or sweet drinks), the most recommended is to postpone brushing until after about half an hour, since otherwise brushing could eliminate enamel weakened by the acid and the sugars, penetrating more deeply into the structure of the tooth.

The reason is that when we eat or drink something, especially if it is acid, the pH of our mouth decreases, taking time to return to normal. Meanwhile, the saliva helps us to reduce the level of acidity, hence it is not appropriate to brush our teeth quickly after having eaten.

With regard to the most appropriate use of the toothbrush, it is always advisable to rinse it with water, shake it well and let it dry in the air. And when would it be advisable to change it? It is best to change the toothbrush with a new one when the cells are worn, which usually happens after about 2 months of use (that is, about 8 weeks or so).

Images | James Bowe / Seth Sawyers This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor.

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