How often do you change your toothbrush? A UK study suggests it all depends on your gender with women changing their toothbrush twice as often as men.
Women Change Their Toothbrush Twice As Frequently As Men
Whereas women tend to change their toothbrush or toothbrush head every 92 days or three months, men tend to make their toothbrush last for an average of 185 days or nearly 6 months. Our dentists here at Midtown Dentistry generally suggest replacing toothbrushes every three months or more frequently if they begin to look worn. A new toothbrush is not exactly a big investment but could make a huge difference to your dental health. The survey also revealed that women spend an average of twice as much on toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouth rinse every year compared to men. It also appears as if women are savvier about the risks of using someone else’s toothbrush. While 70% of men admitted to using their female partner’s toothbrush, just 25% of women had done the same.
Why Bother Changing Your Toothbrush If It Looks Perfectly Okay?
We know some people may argue that there is no need to change their toothbrush after three months if it still looks perfectly fine. However, you should be using a toothbrush at least twice a day and during this time it’s exposed to all sorts of bacteria and the bristles do become worn. Nowadays many more brushes, particularly electric toothbrush heads come with bristles that change color when they are worn out. Bristles that have become splayed out or worn aren’t as effective at cleaning your teeth. In comparison a nice new brush will remove more plaque, protecting your dental health and your sparkling smile. Still not convinced? If your toothbrush is past its sell by date, just try switching to a new one and we guarantee you’ll notice the difference. If you want any advice or information on the best toothbrush to use, then don’t hesitate to ask our friendly dental team here at Midtown Dentistry.