How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

You have probably heard that you should brush your teeth twice a day. But do you know how often you should change your toothbrushes?

How long have you been using your toothbrush?

Your toothbrush is the first defense mechanism against bacteria. So If you've been using a toothbrush for a few months now, it’s time for a change. 

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When Should We Change Toothbrushes?

A manual toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. If you use your brush much longer, then its bristles will become worn out and it won't effectively clear away harmful particles. As a result, gum diseases and tooth decay can occur.

Electronic toothbrushes should be replaced every 12 weeks as they often have shorter bristles. Shorter bristles tend to wear down quickly; therefore more attention is needed than manual ones.

What Happens if You Don’t Change Your Toothbrush?

Bristle flaring on a toothbrush is the condition in which it bends, weakens, and twists in different directions. This occurs as a result of the accumulation of water, toothpaste, and the motion of brushing. Bristle flaring could cause gum disease and cavities.

Do Children Need to Change Their Toothbrushes More Often Than Adults?

Mostly children squeeze the toothbrush between their teeth. Therefore children should change their toothbrushes more frequently than adults, that is, every 2 months.

Things You Need to Pay Attention To.

  • After every use, rinse your toothbrush. 
  • Store your toothbrush in a closed container.
  • Keeping it moist results in the growth of germs, so remember to let it air dry.
  • Sharing toothbrushes is not recommended at all. It could make you sick if other people have a bacterial or viral infection.
  • Do not use soap, mouthwash, or other disinfectants to wash your toothbrush.
  • Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. It reduces the chance of fine particles spraying out of the bowl while you flush the toilet. 
  • Don’t throw everyone’s toothbrushes together. Instead, use separate cases. By doing this, it prevents the transfer of microbes.
  • If someone uses your toothbrush by mistake, it’s better to get rid of it immediately.

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