When you think of the dentist, the image of a toothbrush immediately pops into your head. A toothbrush, the most essential tool for proper oral hygiene. When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? Have you ever been educated on the appropriate time to buy a new one? For such a basic tool, your toothbrush deserves more attention! 

How often should I change my toothbrush? 

For the most standard answer, it is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Replace your toothbrush sooner if you notice it is starting to fray or lose bristles as this is a sign that it has seen better days. You may even notice a difference in the feeling of the bristles. Your bristles shouldn’t hurt you, so if that’s the case, it’s time to toss it!

If your toothbrush is stored closely to other toothbrushes, take note. If you or someone in your household has recently been sick, it would be a good idea to toss your toothbrush and invest in a new one. Germs will eventually build up on old brushes, especially after an illness. Think of it as a fresh start for your health! 

Why do I need to change my toothbrush so often? 

Changing your toothbrush is like changing the oil in your car. You change the oil to ensure your car is running smoothly and effectively. Similarly, you change your toothbrush to ensure it can clean your teeth smoothly and effectively. Over time, your toothbrush will have a buildup of bacteria. Think about it, you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day, ridding your teeth and gums of food, tartar, plaque, and more. Eventually, your toothbrush will be tired and worn out. Pat it on the back, thank it for the three months of clean teeth, and hire a new toothbrush! 

Electric vs. manual

Chances are, your dentist has recommended a switch from a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush. One added benefit to an electric brush is the extra brush heads provided upon purchase. This makes it super easy to change your brush every three to four months! Whether you choose to use an electric or manual toothbrush, mark your calendars every three to four months to remind yourself it’s time to switch! Your teeth will thank you! 

Contact Dr. Sara and her team at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about proper toothbrush hygiene.