If you’re unsure how often you should change your toothbrush, you’re not alone. Here, our Calgary dentists discuss six signs that it’s time to get a new toothbrush.
Why replace your toothbrush?
You use your toothbrush every day (ideally twice a day) to clean your teeth. As a result of this frequent use, your toothbrush will begin to show wear and tear pretty quickly, and can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
To keep unnecessary bacteria out of your mouth, and to make sure your toothbrush keeps doing its job properly, it is important to switch it out frequently. Ideally, you should be replacing your toothbrush every two to three months.
If you’re not sure if the time has come to replace your toothbrush, read on to learn what signs to look out for.
Take a close look at the bristles of your toothbrush. Are they straight? Do they appear crooked, bent or flattened? If the bristles show these signs of wear and tear, they won’t be able to clean your teeth properly, so it’s time to replace your toothbrush.
Debris & Buildup on the Toothbrush
Look at the base of the bristles. Can you see buildup or debris that cannot be removed when you rinse off the brush? If so, your toothbrush should be replaced as soon as possible.
If you’ve recently been sick, you should consider getting a new toothbrush. You risk of re-infecting yourself each time you use the toothbrush you used while sick.
Contact with Another Toothbrush
If you have children or a spouse, there’s a good chance that your toothbrushes are all stored in the same place. However, it’s important to not let your toothbrushes touch each other (especially the bristles), as you can risk sharing oral bacteria.
If your toothbrushes have been touching, it’s time to change them out, and start storing them differently.
Speaking of storage, toothbrushes should be stored in an open area, rather than a cupboard or container, so that they can breathe and dry out between uses.
If you store your toothbrush in an enclosed area, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria. For this reason, you should change out the toothbrush, and consider storing it out in the open.
You Can’t Remember Your Last Replacement
If you can’t remember when you last replaced your toothbrush, then it’s definitely time to get a new one. Toothbrushes should be replaced on a regular basis to keep your mouth healthy.