How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? We clean out our fridge, throw away expired medications and beauty products, but do not replace our toothbrushes like we should.
When to Change Your Toothbrush
Dr. Sanders and Dr. Chandler recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months. This follows the guidelines of the American Dental Association (ADA). Toothbrushes go through normal wear and tear over time. This makes our toothbrushes less effective with removing plaque from teeth and gums.
Our dentists also recommend changing your toothbrush after being sick. Germs and bacteria can harbor themselves on your tooth brush, so changing it after being sick prevents possible reinfection.
REMEMBER– If you don’t know how long it’s been, pay particular attention to the condition your toothbrush head. If the bristles are worn out, fanned out, or frayed, it is time for a new toothbrush. Also if the brush head turns black, this is probably a sign of mold which means you need to change!