4 questions about toothbrushes

@Olonam (870)
Philippines
August 10, 2012 11:33am CST
Hey there everyone! I have some questions about toothbrushes.. so if you can answer them... Please answer.. 1st: Is it fine to use one toothbrush for a whole year? 2nd: If it isn't fine, usually how long should you stop using a toothbrush and buy a new one? 3rd: What will happen if you use a toothbrush, like for example you can just use one toothbrush for a month, what will happen if you go over that? Will it not clean your teeth so well? and last: Is there a difference between toothbrush brands? Like are there some toothbrushes better than others... Thanks everyone who answered! Happy mylotting, too all!
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@krupar5 (287)
• United States
10 Aug 12
Hello fellow lotter, I agree with music about replacing the toothbrush every 6 months, but you should also replace it any time you get sick, especially colds such as strep. I would assume the effectiveness would wear out if you use it longer, perhaps because of the germs and bacteria. I also heard that you can boi; your toothbrush to eliminate some of the germs, but you still need to replace it.
@Olonam (870)
• Philippines
10 Aug 12
Hey there! Thanks for the answer!! I usually boil my toothbrush when I get sick... :/
• Singapore
11 Aug 12
Boiling will help unless the bacteria is one like a Bacillus species, which form endospores when under stress and can tolerate extremely high heat (above boiling point). Endospores do take quite a while to form, though, so it depends how immediately you do it. Autoclaving units can kill them (steam and pressure at 121 degrees celsius) though. Er, not that you should autoclave your toothbrush, just that yeah- Boiling isn't always effective, so you should probably replace it every now and then (there are thermophiles that can survive high temperatures as well). Especially if you melt the plastic. xD ...Biology classes are good at making me a germaphobe.
@Olonam (870)
• Philippines
13 Aug 12
How will I know if the bacteria is Bacillus species? Whoa, you're good at explaining stuff.. Haha.. Thanks for the information.. :D
@Quetzhal (82)
• Singapore
11 Aug 12
I usually replace my toothbrush when mould starts growing on the handle. e_e; It depends. Sometimes the rigidity of the fibres are what's important when it comes to removing the dirt. In those cases, yes, the bristles usually lose rigidity over time and you should probably replace them. There are some toothbrushes that are better, yes, because of the placement of the bristles. I can't really recommend anything because I've always figured the difference is marginal at best. Don't quote me on that. ...I might get one of those toothbrushes that have a back to brush the tongue with. Supposedly it's the bacteria on the tongue that results in bad breath.
@Olonam (870)
• Philippines
13 Aug 12
I never experienced moulds growing in the handle. O_O Yeah, I like toothbrushes with a tongue brush unfortunately the new one that I bought has none.. Haha.. So, I should change my toothbrush every time I get sick??
• Singapore
13 Aug 12
No. When you get sick, your body produces antibodies to fight against the disease- And for the most part, boiling /should/ work. Generally speaking, you should be immune for a time after you catch an illness (provided you finish your course of antibiotics, of course). It's kind of like how vaccinations work- They inject a bit of the actual bacteria into you so your body can figure out how to fight it. Also, if I remember correctly, most colds aren't actually the result of harmful bacteria/viruses- they're basically your body overreacting to a completely harmless species. So there's that! I did some research to fully answer that question, and the general consensus seems to be that a toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months; bristles tend to get worn out by then. Electrical toothbrushes can sometimes last up to 6 months. Hope that helps!
@Olonam (870)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Hey Thanks a lot! You really helped me out.. :D Happy mylotting too you :)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Don't use the same toothbrush for a whole year. Bacteria will accumulate on it gradually. I'd recommend you change your toothbrush at least once every three months.
@Olonam (870)
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
Hey there fuhuangwei (63)! Yeah, I guess 3 months is the limit... Thanks :) Happy mylotting :)
@youless (93497)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Aug 12
Of course it is not good to use one toothbrush for a whole year. The dentist suggests that we should change a new toothbrush every three months. And actually today some toothbrush will have a design and shows you that it is time for you to change a new toothbrush. The old toothbrush will contain more bacteria and its brush also softer and therefore it is not good for you any more. I think the famous dental brand will be better because they are professional in this field. I especially like to buy Oral-B products. I love China
@Olonam (870)
• Philippines
13 Aug 12
Hey there youless (22432)! Yeah, I know using a toothbrush for 1 whole year is not good because the toothbrush soon gets a little destroyed and not so good anymore... But what if you have a strong toothbrush, like it's bristle don't get destroyed... Will you still be required to change it? Thanks for the answer anyway! :)
@thanks1961 (7046)
• India
11 Aug 12
The tooth brushes come, we were using various other source and it was much better than the present day brushes. We got certain raw material and burn it and make it in a powder form and add pepper, ginger powder and clove etc alongwith and mix all of them and can be used our point finger, which was the olden method and my grand father of 85 years also having the strong teeth even now and he never our tooth paste or tooth brushes in his whole life. I think our older methods have its own values as compare with the new techniques and technologies.
@Olonam (870)
• Philippines
13 Aug 12
Hey thanks 1916 (3497)! Whoa, I never knew of that.. But does it kill the germs? but fingers can't beat the bristles in a toothbrush... :)
@khare_1005 (1310)
• India
11 Aug 12
hello olonam, in regards to your question about how long one should use a tooth brush, it is dependent on the brushing habit and the wear and tear of your toothbrush. if you are applying a lot of pressure while brushing, which is certainly not advisable, you would ruin the brush bristles pretty soon and hence you might need to replace your brush more frequently like in a month or so. on the other hand if you are more careful with your brushing habits, your brush will last longer. you need to keep a watch over your brush. your brush itself will tell you when do you need to replace it. normally it is advisable to replace the brushes every 3-6 months. after a certain period of time the bristles become hard and they can damage your gum tissue. more so, flared bristles do not clean the teeth properly. at that point, you need to replace it. there are two different kind of brushes, one with medium bristles and the other with soft bristles. soft one is better as it would impose no harm on either your teeth or gum tissue. hope i sorted your querry
@Olonam (870)
• Philippines
13 Aug 12
Hey Khare_1005 (424)! From now on I will start brushing my teeth not so hardly because it can be bad for my teeth and my toothbrush... I don't know if my toothbrush is medium or soft.. How can I tell? And yes, you definitely did.. THANKS!! :D