I try to stay on top of my cleaning game. I change my sheets every two weeks and throw out old makeup regularly, but I'm never quite sure what to do with my toothbrush. Buying a new one just seems like a drag, and it's only going in my mouth anyway. According to experts, you should change your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles begin to fray — whichever comes first. So what happens if you don't change your toothbrush enough? The answer is pretty disgusting. If you don't get a new toothbrush when it's time to change it out, you may be at risk for getting sick or, you know, having less-clean teeth.
The average toothbrush has up to 1.2 million bacteria particles, although most of those aren't harmful for you. Still, it's not hard to see why things can get gross if you put off changing your toothbrush. Even if it isn't time to get a new one, you can sanitize your toothbrush by soaking it in alcohol or dipping it in boiling water. I like to think I'm pretty clean, but this information is pretty overwhelming. I definitely haven't been taking care of my toothbrush the way I'm supposed to.