Did you know that toothbrushes wear out? It’s true! When worn out, they become less effective. So, how often should you replace your toothbrush, and how do you know when it’s time? Here’s how!
Signs Your Toothbrush Needs Replacing
Let’s start by answering the question, “How often should you replace your toothbrush?” As a general rule of thumb, dentists typically recommend getting a new toothbrush every 3 months. It can be helpful to write down the date you opened your new toothbrush to keep track.
Secondly, if your toothbrush bristles appear frayed or split or the color has faded, your toothbrush needs to be replaced. As toothbrushes wear out, they become less effective, and optimum effectiveness is important to get a thorough clean every time you brush!
Lastly, if your toothbrush shows signs of discoloration (especially at the base of the bristles) or has a musty smell, you should replace it, as it could be harboring mold or bacteria.
Shopping for a New Toothbrush
Now that you’ve probably answered the question, “Should you replace your toothbrush?” let’s discuss what to look for in a new toothbrush. All of the options on the shelves at the store can feel overwhelming, but it’s easy once you know what to look for.
When shopping for a new toothbrush, it should first have soft bristles and carry the approval of the ADA (American Dental Association). It’s also important to select a toothbrush that is the correct size for your mouth to ensure that it is compact enough to reach all the surfaces of your teeth, especially your molars at the very back. Next, decide whether you want a manual toothbrush or an electric one. Electric toothbrushes offer many helpful features, such as built-in timers or pressure sensors, so think about which features might be useful to you.
Keeping Your Toothbrush Healthy
Once you get a new toothbrush, it’s important to make sure that you store it correctly. Proper ventilation is important so that it can dry out between uses to prevent it from developing mold or harboring bacteria. A toothbrush sanitizer that uses UV light may also help. And remember to mark your calendar to replace your toothbrush again after 3 months to help ensure that your teeth get a thorough cleaning every time you brush!
Call our Phoenix Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.