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When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? How do you decide when to buy a new one? Most people use their toothbrushes far longer than recommended. The reason that toothbrushes can come so cheaply is because they are supposed to be a consumable.

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months. If your bristles become worn, stained, or frayed, you may need to replace your toothbrush sooner. However, if your toothbrush shows signs of wear within just a month or so, it could be a sign you are using too much pressure when you brush.

Another reason you need to replace your toothbrush frequently is that you will have a very difficult time getting every bit of bacteria and germs out of a toothbrush. It can build up and become harmful over time, so replacing every three months is a good preventative health measure. If you have a virus or bacterial infection, you should change your toothbrush after you recover.
In addition to changing your toothbrush, there are a few other tips recommended by dentists:

  • Never reuse floss.
  • Do not put your toothbrush in a cup or holder head down while wet. Make sure the head is exposed to the air so it can dry properly.
  • Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after every use. Make sure you rinse between the bristles.
  • Follow your toothbrushing with a therapeutic mouthwash to further protect your teeth and clean your mouth.
  • If you have questions about routine at-home dental care, we will be more than happy to answer your questions. Due to the coronavirus pandemic we are only making appointments for emergency, necessary care. However, if you leave us a message with your question, we will get back to you as soon as we are able. When we open for normal business, you can schedule an appointment for dental hygiene instruction if you still have questions about whether or not you are doing it right.