Regular tooth brushing is essential for good oral health and is the key to effective plaque removal. To get the most out of every brushing, it is important to maintain your toothbrush properly. According to the American Dental Association, you should replace your toothbrush at least every 3 to 4 months or anytime the bristles appear worn or frayed.

A variety of microorganisms and bacteria live in the mouth and can be transferred to your toothbrush during use. Your toothbrush can even become contaminated during manufacturing or by bacteria present in the environment where it is stored. Fortunately, the body has a number of defense mechanisms that help protect it from bacterial infection, including the skin, mucous membranes, white blood cells, and digestive acids. Although there is currently insufficient scientific evidence to determine if the bacteria on toothbrushes can lead to adverse health effects, scientists are studying whether these bacteria can play a role in oral or systemic infections.

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