How often should I change my toothbrush?

When was the last time you changed your toothbrush?

We live our entire lives with expiration dates telling us when to throw away certain items. Just like our everyday items, our toothbrush also has an expiration date. Unlike other items, toothbrushes do not have a definite time stamp. This is because it all boils down to how much wear one exhibits when using their toothbrushes. So when should I change my toothbrush you ask?

Most dentists including the American Dental Association (ADA), recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months. People often forget that germs eventually collect and build up on our toothbrush bristles. This is why it is usually recommended to go ahead and get a new toothbrush every 3 months.

One sure way of telling you need a new toothbrush is by the way the bristles look. If they look flat and are separating apart from each other then your more than likely due for a new brush. Brushing under these conditions can cause damage to your gums because it is no longer efficiently cleaning your teeth.

What toothbrush to consider when shopping?

Most dentists suggest purchasing toothbrushes with soft bristles because hard bristles are more likely to damage your teeth. In addition, brushing with a ADA approved fluoride will help fight gingivitis and plague.

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