What does your toothbrush look like? Are the bristles straight? Are the bristles squashed? Are the bristles squished?
How often do you brush your teeth? Once a day? Twice a day? Once a week? On major holidays?
I brush my teeth twice a day. My husband brushes his teeth at least once a day, and my kids brush their teeth twice a day. Though we brush our teeth on a daily basis, our toothbrushes look drastically different.
How often do you change your toothbrush? Once a month? Once every two months? Or, are you still using the same toothbrush you used when George W. Bush was serving his first term as President of the United States?
Over the years, I’ve noticed my toothbrush looks beaten and worn long before my husband’s toothbrush. Once we had kids, I started noticing my oldest’s toothbrush looked beaten and worn long before my youngest’s toothbrush. Why?
Though my kids are able to brush their teeth themselves (and they do), I frequently help them brush their teeth. I brush Joe’s teeth the same way I brush Charlie’s teeth. If I were the cause of Joe’s mangled toothbrush, why does Charlie’s toothbrush look new several weeks after use?
Do I inadvertently chew my toothbrush while brushing? Is that what mangles the bristles? Joe is a chewer, for certain. Perhaps he chews his toothbrush while brushing, too. (For the record, I do not chew either Charlie’s or Rob’s toothbrush. And no, I don’t chew Joe’s toothbrush. Now, I might lick their pillow, but that’s neither here nor there.)
I change everyone’s toothbrush every 6 weeks, or so. Even though Rob and Charlie’s toothbrush looks pristine, I toss out the old and replace it with the new. And though I literally see Charlie and Rob brush their teeth, the condition of their toothbrushes after 6 weeks makes me question what I have seen – or what I thought I saw.
Tell me, what does your toothbrush look like?
Note to the reader … if you do not own a toothbrush, please let me know. Good oral hygiene is essential. I’d be happy to send you a toothbrush (and toothpaste) if you need it. I will throw in some floss, too. Flossing may prevent heart disease.