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How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

Your trusty toothbrush plays a large part in keeping your mouth healthy and safe from other oral health issues.

But toothbrushes don’t last forever. After a while, the bristles fray and wear down, rendering your brushless effective than when it was brand new.

So how often should you replace your toothbrush? Let’s answer that question and explore some other important toothbrush knowledge below.

When to Replace Your Toothbrush

In general, you want to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Going a bit longer if you have to isn’t the end of the world, but note that your toothbrush won’t be as effective due to bristles fraying.

Speaking of, look at the bristles if you’re unsure about whether or not it’s time for a new brush. Fraying means you should get a new one — and always err on the side of too early.

If you’ve been sick recently, or if you keep your brushes near others (such as roommates or your partner’s), consider replacing them in shorter intervals as well. 

Toothbrush Types

The two types of toothbrushes are manual and electric. Both work well — you can choose either one depending on what you like best.

Manual toothbrushes require a bit more manual brushing, but they’re cheaper, more portable, silent (minus the physical brushing sound), and offer you more control in pressure.

Electric toothbrushes are a bit more work since you must charge them and carry the charger along with the brush with you when traveling. However, since the brush head rotates, it’s easier to get in between the teeth and the gumline. 

Plus, electric brushes offer variety. Some have features that warn you if you’re pushing too hard or have a time built in to help you brush for the full two minutes.

No matter which you choose, however, change out your brush (or brush head for electric brushes) every 3-4 months.

Toothbrush Maintenance

Even though toothbrushes wear down eventually, there are a few steps to follow to properly maintain them — mainly, rinse your brush thoroughly after each use to remove any debris or toothpaste.

Make sure to store it upright when not in use to air dry, and don’t store it in a closed container. Doing so can create a moist environment within the container where bacteria can thrive. Electric toothbrush chargers tend to be upright, making this easy. If you have a manual brush, use a cup or mug to store it upright.

Luckily, you get a new toothbrush for free every time you go to the dentist. That’s one less time you have to worry about buying a new one.

So if it’s almost time for your next routine dental visit, come to Absolute Smile in Philadelphia. We’d be happy to make sure your mouth is looking clean and healthy (and get you a free brush). Schedule your appointment today — all new patients get a free consultation.

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