Why do the middle brushes of your toothbrush have a different color? How often can you use a toothbrush before you have to replace it? And what is the best way to clean your toothbrush?
Why do the middle brushes of your toothbrush have a different color?
If you have one in the neighborhood: take it especially. Toothbrushes have different color of bristles. Why? You would think it's for the form. After all, it looks a lot happier. However, there is a very good reason for the different color.
By reading the packaging carefully, you will discover that the colored bristles indicate how much toothpaste you should use. This is particularly clear with toothbrushes that have a colored circle.
When purchasing your new toothbrush you can read the packaging and discover what the color stands for. That way you will never use too much or too little toothpaste again!
What is the best way to clean your toothbrush?
Just rinse after brushing, is that enough? Unfortunately, many people do it that way, and that's not enough. Rinsing with hot water is already more effective than with cold water. In addition, you can have your toothbrush (also the attachments of electric toothbrushes) washed in the dishwasher. Make sure that the toothbrush hairs do not bend and make sure that your toothbrush dries well after washing.
Also good to know: if you have a toilet in the bathroom, it is wise to keep your toothbrush in a sealed container or cupboard. When using the toilet, the E-coli bacteria can get onto the toothbrush via the air. This is also possible if you do not wash your hands properly after the big message, or if you have the soap pump next to your toothbrushes. Putting several toothbrushes of housemates / family members together in one cup is also less hygienic.
How often can you use a toothbrush before you have to replace it?
If you are someone who neatly brushes twice a day, replace your toothbrush after ten weeks. That means you can brush your teeth 140 times before you have to buy a new toothbrush.
Do we do that? Generally not. This means there is a chance that brushing will be less effective after those 10 weeks. Your toothbrush contains – even if you think you clean well – about 7 million bacteria. Not something you like to put in your mouth … In addition, after 140 times brushing, the toothbrush is less good at removing plaque.
Other things that indicate that your toothbrush really needs to be replaced:
- Faded colors
- Toothbrush hairs that jump in all directions
If this is the case within those 10 weeks, as is the case with children who sometimes chew the brush, it is wise to replace the toothbrush more quickly. Even if you have a cold or been sick, germs can get caught in the hairs of your toothbrush. It is therefore worthwhile for your health to then choose a new toothbrush (or a brush head for your electric toothbrush).
Replace your toothbrush and think about the environment?
Keeping your mouth healthy and also the world: that sounds like a good plan. But how do you do that if you have to replace your toothbrush so often?
First, you can look for toothbrushes made from 100% recycled material. You can also reuse old toothbrushes. Not for your teeth, but for other cleaning jobs. Put an old toothbrush in the dishwasher and use it for example to clean tricky corners, such as in the bathroom.
Other chores that you can do with old toothbrushes:
- Clean floor drains
- Remove leftovers from Velcro
- Cleaning the fridge (especially the corners)
- Clean tile joints
- Cleaning car upholstery (especially at the edges)
- Dust the fan off your hair dryer or PC
- Clean your keyboard