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August 17, 2020 2 min read

Can you remember the last time you changed your toothbrush? If you’re uncertain how often you should be, you’re not alone. Over  42% of people don’t change their bristles every three months - but this is the minimum required to keep your mouth healthy. Here are three key reasons refreshing your brush is a must… 

 

1. Worn bristles don't clean

The core purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque - and worn bristles just can’t do this effectively.  Why? Frayed bristles become spiky and bend away from the teeth whilst brushing, preventing the fine lines from reaching the crucial area between gums and teeth. The 5,460 CUREN bristles in our Curaprox toothbrushes stay better for longer, but must still be replaced every three months.


Let’s be honest - it’s difficult and inconvenient to remind yourself to swap out your brush head at this interval. By subscribing to Floe, you’ll be ensuring that your fresh toothbrush arrives 90 days after you first used your previous one. Simple. 

  

2. Worn heads = damaged gums

When brushes are made, the Nylon – or in our case, CUREN® – bristles are cut to the same height but rounded into a soft dome shape to make sure they are not abrasive. But the longer you brush, the more the bristles regain that spikiness we talked about earlier, causing damage to your gums and enamel. 


These pointed, sharp bristles may seem harmless, but will damage your enamel and cut into your gums. Imagine you didn’t change your brush for a whole year; that’s nine months of receding gums and layers of enamel permanently scraped off. Irreversibly. So – unless you’re on the fast track scheme to look like a gummy bear - put the simple yet vital habit of replacing your brush into practice. 

 

3. Germs...

Toothbrushes live in the bathroom. Often in a dirty cup. How many of us remember to change the brush after being ill, or even sharing the cup with someone else in the household who has been ill? Another unpleasant reality is that the brush head is coming into contact with your faeces - every time you flush the loo, these particles are being flung into the air. If your brush is covered in bacteria, your immune system can usually withstand any nasty invaders. But it doesn’t have to be this way - regularly changing is a simple but effective way to minimize the chance of illness.


These are the 3 most important benefits of replacing your toothbrush every 3 months. It’s time for all of us to take our oral health seriously - and by subscribing to Floe you can easily begin a vital routine that will lead to a healthier mouth.