How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Most dental professionals will tell you that you should change your toothbrush—or toothbrush head if you have an electric one—every three to four months. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that you replace your toothbrush sooner than this if the bristles are frayed. As your pediatric dentist serving Pilsen, we decided to give you some tips on when to know it's time to change your toothbrush.

Why Every Three Months?

Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, the bristles can become frayed and worn after each use. This ultimately forces the toothbrush to lose its effectiveness and your teeth are not reaching their full potential of cleanliness. When you invest in a new toothbrush, you're investing in your oral health. The new toothbrush can remove more plaque than the old, worn-out one, ensuring that your brush is working its hardest to help keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Reasons To Change Toothbrushes

There are many reasons to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Some main reasons why refreshing your bristles are crucial for a healthy and clean mouth include:

  • A Worn Head Damages Gums: When bristles return to their original frayed and jagged stage, it can cause gum recession and wear away enamel. If you see signs of worn-out bristles before the three-month mark, we recommend still getting a new toothbrush.
  • Germs: The ADA wants you to prevent bacteria from building up around the bristles on your toothbrush because this can affect your oral health and general well being. Bathrooms can hold a lot of bacteria that you cannot necessarily see, ultimately affecting the healthiness of your toothbrush.
  • Not Cleaning Well Enough: When you are brushing with a worn-out toothbrush, it won't clean your teeth as well and could lead to cavities and other damaging side effects. The frayed bristles will bend away from your teeth, which means they won't reach between the teeth and gums for proper brushing.
  • If You're Sick: If you are getting over a cold or another type of illness, consider changing your toothbrush to prevent you from relapsing with germ intake.

Final Tip

Consider setting a reminder on your phone's calendar to replace your toothbrush so you don't continue brushing ineffectively with a worn-out and old toothbrush.

Contact Us

Our pediatric dentist serving Pilson is always happy to address any concerns you may have, so feel free to contact us during our work hours, and we will make sure you answer any questions!

ABC Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

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