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January 02, 2017

When (And Why) You Should Change out Your Toothbrush

when to change out your toothbrush

Men have come a long way in the past 10 years. The fact that we regularly and openly discuss manscaping is evidence enough, but as we crawl out of the disgusting primordial pools of our predecessors, we’re bound to get a few things wrong along the way. A common mistake plaguing the masses today is the misnomer that manscaping stops with taming body hair. The modern man has evolved much further than this, and a true manscaper keeps a sharp watch on all aspects of hygiene. If you read the title, you know this is heading towards caring for your mouth. While you surely take the normal steps to keep bad breath under control, it quickly becomes meaningless if you don’t replace your toothbrush properly.

Oral Health

You’ve been told all your life how important it is to brush your teeth twice a day. And floss. And all of that other stuff. It isn’t just for show. Brushing your teeth really is the key to good oral health, and according the American Dental Association, you should replace your toothbrush at minimum every three to four months. If you really care, you should keep an eye on the brush and replace it as soon as it starts showing signs of fraying or significant softening. It turns out, there’s a reason for this. The reason a toothbrush is more important than mouthwash (although that’s still valuable) is because of the scrubbing action. The bristles physically remove plaque buildup, so when they start to wear, they stop doing the job well. Getting lazy in this department puts you at higher risk for bloody gums and gingivitis.

Your Breath

Still, every bachelor on the planet has sacrificed a little health for convenience on more than one occasion, so let’s mix science with a little perspective. Remember how we just talked about gingivitis? Well, it causes chronic bad breath. It’s not just your typical morning breath either. If plaque buildups get too aggressive, it will help bacteria grow, and that seriously hinders the effectiveness of toothpaste, mouthwash, gum and all of the other tricks you might use to keep your breath under control. Those are all band aids. The only cure is proper brushing with an effective toothbrush.

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