How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

September 14, 2020

Multiple toothbrushesChanging your toothbrush or toothbrush head may not seem like that big of a deal – but it is! If you are using an old toothbrush you are not cleaning your teeth effectively – or not cleaning your teeth at all! Make sure that you are changing your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months. We pulled together some reasons why this can be beneficial.

Reasons To Change Your Toothbrush

  • Your toothbrush removes the bacteria and plaque on your teeth. Similar to a sponge after cleaning, any bacteria that was in your mouth will now be on your toothbrush. The longer you keep a toothbrush the more bacteria will be on it.
  • Have you ever seen a toothbrush that has frayed bristles? This is a sign of an overused toothbrush. Frayed bristles can be harsh on your gums and can lead to premature gum recession. You can expect your bristles to start fraying around three months of use.
  • If you have been sick recently, there is no better time than now to replace your toothbrush. Because a toothbrush holds bacteria you can reinfect yourself or get those in your house sick with the virus of cold that you just overcame.

Best Toothbrush Practices

Rinsing your toothbrush and letting it air dry is the best way to keep your it clean. Storing your toothbrush in a small and enclosed space will give the bacteria a perfect environment to grow and fester. Bacteria can also be transferred from one brush to another when they share a close space. Avoid letting your toothbrush touch others!

Let Your Dentist Handle It

Now that you know the importance of changing your toothbrush every three months, be sure to follow this best practice. If you’re visiting the dentist every 6 months, they normally give you a toothbrush to take home. Meaning you only have to buy one toothbrush in between! Visit All Smiles Dental Group for your routine cleaning and complimentary toothbrush.