Daily Challenge Monday Jun. 18, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Check your toothbrush. If the bristles are bent and frayed, add a new one to your shopping list.

How to do it

Give your toothbrush a once-over before the next time you brush. If the bristles are bent and frayed or you can't really remember the last time you changed it, add a new toothbrush to your shopping list.

Why it matters

The recommended lifespan for a toothbrush is just three months, but many of us keep using the same old brush for much longer! Toothbrushes become infested with bacteria, bacteria that moves into your mouth. Most is harmless, but over time, more and more gets in there. If you think about what a toothbrush does for a living, you are doing yourself and the toothbrush a favor by moving on.

Fun fact

The earliest identified use of the word toothbrush in English occurs in an autobiography written in 1690.


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