Toothbrush Tales: Why Should you Change Out your Toothbrush and How Often?

worn out toothbrushes

If we are old enough to be writing and/or reading this blog, we are old enough to know that brushing your teeth is a necessary part of your morning and evening routine.

Do you know how often you are supposed to replace your toothbrush? No, this is not a scheme made by toothbrush companies. There is serious science behind the importance of changing your toothbrush.

The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. This suggestion is based on normal wear and tear and does not include mishaps with children. This time frame is suggested because as the bristles wear down, they are not able to maneuver into the smaller cracks and crevices as easily.  They are also more prone to fungal growth and bacteria. Using an old toothbrush can contribute to halitosis (bad breath) and dental problems. Although, Jordan Dentistry is ready to help with a list of issues, we would rather see our patients happy and healthy.  If you fail to replace your toothbrush after being sick, that bacteria can hide down in the bristles and you will get sick again.

Besides the normal wear and tear, here are some other times when you should replace your toothbrush:

  • When you are sick
  • When a family member sharing a bathroom is sick
  • When you have a mold issue
  • When your toothbrush has been sitting open for a while without use
  • When someone uses it to clean the toilet

We hope that we made a compelling argument on the importance of toothbrush maintenance. If you have been regularly replacing your toothbrush, we are proud and keep it up! For those that haven’t, we know it may sound silly and like a waste of money, but you and your teeth will thank us for giving your toothbrush an expiration date.

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