The average lifespan of a toothbrush may be shorter than you think, given you’re brushing the recommended twice daily, is 3 or 4 months. If you tend to brush more vigorously (or if you have children who like to chew on their brushes), it may need to be replaced sooner. When in doubt, take a glance at the bristles. Are they frayed or splaying instead of smooth and standing straight up? If so, it’s time to replace your toothbrush.
Keep in mind that you may also want to replace your toothbrush if you’ve recently been sick, since the associated bacteria and viruses could potentially reinfect you. A good time to replace your toothbrush is before each 6 month cleaning.
Why should you replace your toothbrush?
It may seem like your toothbrush is working, but after 3 or 4 months, the fibers start to wear down and it may harbor bacteria. They also do a much less effective job at removing plaque from your teeth. An old toothbrush is still better than no toothbrush, but not by too much.
Remember, overall health is closely associated with dental health, so it’s worth making your toothbrush care and replacement a priority.
Caring for your toothbrush properly can help it last longer. Use these tips:
- It’s best to store toothbrushes so they’re not touching each other; this way they don’t spread bacteria and viruses.
- It’s also best to store toothbrushes in open air rather than in a case or a dark drawer, which also helps reduce the ability of germs to spread. (The exception is when you’re traveling, in which case using a toothbrush case can help protect the bristles.)
- Also, you’ll want to let your toothbrush dry out between uses to prevent the build-up and growth of bacteria, viruses and fungus.
Dental Care by Reel Dental
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