How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

For optimal oral and overall health, it is recommended you should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush. But - how often should we be changing our toothbrushes for the best results?

3 Reasons to Change Your Toothbrush

  1. The American Dental Association Recommendation - The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Studies have shown that brushing with an old toothbrush is less effective than brushing with a newer one. That’s because once a brush’s bristles have begun to fray, they are less strong and able to remove the sticky film of plaque.

This buildup of plaque causes:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease

We recommend trying out an electric toothbrush over worn-out and flat brushes for optimal results.

  1. Damaged or dirty toothbrush - If someone other than you has used your toothbrush, it’s a good idea to buy a new one. You should also change your toothbrush if you have been recently ill and want to prevent re-infection. Additionally, if your toothbrush has been anywhere where it may have gotten dirty, you’ll want to replace it right away.
  1. Old Toothbrush - You can repurpose an old toothbrush as a handy house cleaning tool or have a crafting project at home or business, or recycling old brushes whenever possible to cut back on landfill waste. So before you toss your old toothbrush, check to see if your local recycling service accepts used toothbrushes.

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