According to the American Dental Association, you should change your toothbrush – or the head of your electric device – at least once in a three-month period.

Family brushing their teeth together

However, this is just a general timeline.

If you are a person that brushes at least two to three times a day, this changing schedule may be appropriate.

However, as dental professionals start to learn more about the mouth, most agree that a toothbrush/head should be changed more regularly. If you are curious as to when you should change your toothbrush, continue reading to learn more.

Why is it Necessary to Change Toothbrushes?

The toothbrush is a nesting area for over 10 million germs and various types of bacteria. While not all of the microorganisms are harmful to your health, if allowed to sit in moisture for excessive amounts of time they can damage the bristles of the toothbrush and result in damage to the teeth.

If the bristles start to become damaged, you will be unable to properly clean the plaque and food particles away from your teeth.

In turn, you stand the chance for developing cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Little girl in pink pajamas in bathroom brushing teeth

When Do I Know It is Time to Change?

The following outlines the most general standards for knowing when to change your toothbrush:

  1. You should be certain that you change your toothbrush at least once every three months.
  2. If you or someone in the home becomes ill, it is best to change all toothbrushes immediately after the sickness has passed.
  3. If the bristles look worn down, start using a new toothbrush to make certain that your mouth is being cleaned appropriately.
  4. For children, toothbrushes should be changed more often due to the fact that they are generally exposed to more germs on a regular basis and tend to brush harder than adults.
  5. If the gums bleed or pain is experienced while brushing, it is time for a new toothbrush with softer bristles.

Toothbrush Maintenance

While using your toothbrush, maintenance is required.

First, you should make certain that you clean the toothbrush by running it under water after brushing your teeth. This will help to remove, germs, bacteria, saliva, and potentially damaging particles left behind after brushing.

When storing the toothbrush, you should make sure that it is placed in a vertical position, with the bristles up. This will allow the device to thoroughly dry between uses and will help in killing off germs and bacteria left behind.

You should avoid storing the toothbrush in areas near the toilet. Studies indicate that fragments of feces may find their way to the bristles.

Your toothbrush is a very important device in keeping your teeth in optimal health and your smile beautiful. By properly maintaining your toothbrush and knowing when to replace it, you can experience optimal dental health.

If you are a parent, remember to change your child’s toothbrush more frequently.

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