It seems like toothbrushes have been around forever. Modern toothbrushes, which use nylon bristles as opposed to boar bristles (yes, the coarse hair of the hog), have been invented in 1938. However, ancient tools similar to the toothbrush have been discovered as far back as 3000 BC.
The American Dental Association recommends that people should buy a new toothbrush every three or four months. But there are diseases and illnesses that will prompt you to change your toothbrush, much earlier than the prescribed period.
Buy a New Toothbrush When These Happen
Even if you just bought your toothbrush, you may need to visit the supermarket or pharmacy once again if you developed a mouth sore or canker sore.
The herpes virus may incubate in your toothbrush bristles for days. This is the reason why people who treated the illness wonder why a few days later, they again develop a cold sore.
Another instance when you need to change your toothbrush immediately is if you just went through the flu or common cold. Again, the bacteria and virus may thrive on your toothbrush. There are ways to clean it using an anti-bacterial mouthwash for instance or hydrogen peroxide. But then again, why go through all that trouble when buying a new one won't cost you much?
In extreme cases, patients who are immunocompromised need to change their toothbrushes every three days. These are people whose immunity has been compromised due to malnutrition for example, or if the person if suffering from a lingering disease such as diabetes or HIV.
Cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy are also asked to buy a new one every so often, and so do people who use narcotics or strong antibiotics.
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