How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Most people don’t give their toothbrush a second thought, you are probably one of them. Most likely your toothbrush sits on the bathroom countertop or in your vanity. Once (but hopefully twice) a day you grab it and then go about your day. At some point you will likely replace it, but when should you replace your toothbrush?

According to the American Dental Association, you should change your toothbrush at least once every three to four months, but there are some extenuating circumstances that may lead you to change it more often. Toothbrushes are not extremely expensive items, so it’s a good idea to try to stick to that schedule.

It’s a good idea to get into a positive brushing routine that includes changing your toothbrush, but you should be aware of exceptions. The bottom line is if you have any doubts that the toothbrush you are sticking into your mouth is not fresh, bristly, and unscathed, replace it.

Whether you purchase an expensive toothbrush, an eco-friendly toothbrush, or the bargain brand, you depend on the bristles to clean your teeth. If the bristles on your toothbrush look like you after an all-nighter, chances are they are not doing their job anymore.

The longer a brush was used, the more plaque was present even after a thorough brushing. In short, if you continue to use your toothbrush past the 3-4 month guideline you aren’t really doing yourself any favors. For the best plaque control, it’s time to retire your old brush and break out one with fresh new plaque ready bristles.

When you are sick, the last thing you worry about is your toothbrush, but it pays to think about it afterward. Bacteria and germs can live in the bristles of your toothbrush for days, and you can actually reinfect yourself by brushing with a diseased brush. If you have had the flu, a cold, strep throat, or similar infection it is a good idea to swap your brush out after you recover. Bacterial infections are usually the biggest offenders.

Post time: Nov-18-2021