As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your toothbrush once every six months. That is the time it takes for the brush to lose most of its integrity. If you’re not sure how long it has been since you last got a new toothbrush, the information below will help you determine what to do with it. Here are five signs you need to replace your toothbrush.
The Bristles Are Worn Out
The bristles on your toothbrush are the most noticeable indicators that it’s time for a replacement. If they are tattered and frayed, you need to get a new toothbrush. Your bristles are designed to get in between teeth to fleck away bacteria cells, but they can’t do that if they are spread out all over the place. Make sure you get a new toothbrush when the time comes.
You Have Been Sick
If you have been sick recently, you might want to get a new toothbrush. Otherwise you risk re-infecting yourself every time you brush your teeth. You can try cleaning your toothbrush with special toothbrush cleaner, but it would be better for you to just get an entirely new toothbrush. Your floss and mouthwash should be fine since those are disposable.
Your Toothbrush Touched Another Toothbrush
Toothbrushes carry a lot of bacteria in between their bristles. This is not so bad for people who clean their toothbrushes regularly, but you never know how well other people care for their belongings. If you recently saw your toothbrush touching another toothbrush, get a new one. It’ll save you from swapping bacteria with someone else.
Your Toothbrush Was Not Stored Properly
Storing your toothbrush is a whole lot more important than most people realize. Bacteria grow best in warm, moist environments. If you have kept your toothbrush locked away in a container or in a bathroom drawer, it may already be full of bacteria. Store your new toothbrush with the bristles up and exposed to the air so you don’t have to constantly rebuy new ones.
You Can’t Remember When You Last Got a New Toothbrush
If you genuinely have no idea when you last bought a toothbrush, it’s time to get a new one. They are not that expensive, and they are vital for the overall health of your teeth. Try to get your toothbrush around a memorable day so you can easily keep track of it. For instance, you may buy one on June 1st and December 1st every year. Get into this habit and you will not have to worry about replacing your toothbrush.
Bonus Tip – Get A New Brush After Every Cleaning
If you get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year, you can use that as a reference for replacing your toothbrush. Feel free to contact our office to schedule a semi-annual teeth cleaning, and you’ll have a clean, healthy smile in no time.