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How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?
Posted on 7/7/2020 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
A toothbrush is an apparatus we use every single day, more than twice on some occasions. It stands to reason that the brush should be replaced every now and then to not only make sure that it's giving you the best possible service and also to keep you as healthy as possible.
How Often Should You Change Out Your Toothbrush?
For someone who typically brushes their teeth about twice per day, you can expect the bristles to start getting mangled in about 3 to 4 months or even sooner for those who tend to bite on their toothbrushes. Since the toothbrush is the first line of defense against oral germs and bacteria, it helps to have the toothbrush looking as good as possible. Soft, straight toothbrush bristles are more adept at removing stuck food and cleaning the teeth better.
Replacing an Electric Toothbrush Head
Electric toothbrushes are more popular than they have ever been because of their efficiency and simplicity. Since their heads rotate very fast when cleaning the teeth, their bristles also suffer wear and tear and therefore need to be replaced after a couple of weeks. Typically, you can use an electric toothbrush head for about 12-14 weeks until you have to replace it. Also, be on the lookout for wear and tear including bent or mangled bristles.
Replacing The Toothbrush after You've Been Sick
It's also good practice to replace your toothbrush as soon as you have recovered from a bacterial or viral infection. It's not uncommon for the infection to spread through the body. This means that during your regular brushing, several of the bacteria might latch on the toothbrush and even cause reinfection. Always make sure that you get another toothbrush to prevent the infection from occurring again.
A toothbrush is a crucial tool in the mission of improving oral health. Using an old beat-up toothbrush does you a great disservice since you are probably leaving a lot of germs and bacteria on your teeth without even realizing it.