How long have you had your toothbrush for?
The American Dental Association recommends that you switch your toothbrush every three to four months. You can notice wear and tear on the bristles around this period of time. When the bristles fray they will be less effective in getting the job done. If you are getting your regular dental check ups, you will generally receive a new toothbrush when you go in for a visit too.
Are you sick?
If you have been feeling unwell for a while, you should change your toothbrush when you start to feel better. Bacteria from your mouth do not just go away when you brush your teeth. Remember that the bristles on your toothbrush cannot protect you from disease or kill the bad bacteria. They also can linger on the bristles of your toothbrush, which can restart the cycle of sickness all over again.
Do you use electric?
If you’re using an electric brush the same rules still apply. Change your brush head every three to four months for maximum dental hygiene.
How can I make my toothbrush last longer?
A rinsed off toothbrush is far better off than one that is not. It’s best to rinse it off after every time you brush so that any extra particles are fully removed and that no lingering toothpaste is present. When drying off your toothbrush leave it brush side up to air dry.
Remember, your dental health affects your overall health. Why not keep everything in check by changing your toothbrush regularly? It’s simple and the best option. Change your brush at the first sign of wear and tear.