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How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Posted in Dental Care | February 29, 2024

dental cleaningsSo your toothbrush has seen better days. Its bristles are frayed, some might break off in your mouth, and the clean feeling after brushing isn’t what it used to be. While regular dental cleanings play a large role in good oral health, your at-home regime makes a big difference too. To prevent gum disease, cavities, and other complications, make sure you replace your toothbrush regularly.

When To Replace Your Toothbrush

Your trusty toothbrush goes through a lot keeping your pearly whites clean and preventing cavities and other oral health issues. But over time, it wears down and becomes less effective at removing plaque.

You should replace your regular manual toothbrush about every three months. Bristles become frayed with routine brushing and won’t clean as efficiently. Dentists currently recommend changing your toothbrush after an illness because bacteria can harbor in the bristles.

Get into the habit of replacing your manual toothbrush every 12 weeks, or sooner if the brush is breaking down faster.

How Often Should You Change Electric Toothbrush Heads?

Electric toothbrushes have some advantages over manual ones but still require replacement. The heads need changing every 3 to 4 months, just like regular toothbrushes. Look for signs of wear and tear, including fraying, bent, or loose bristles. Manufacturers also recommend you stick to their replacement schedule, as the batteries start to lose charging capacity over time.

Sanitize Between Replacements

To help your toothbrush last its entire lifespan, make sure you clean it properly between uses. Rinse thoroughly after brushing and let it air dry before putting it away. Store upright with the bristles facing up, not touching anything else. Once a week, sanitize your toothbrush by swishing it in antibacterial mouthwash for 30-60 seconds. This prevents bacteria from growing.

Visit a Dentist When You Need Care

Regular cleanings are important, but it’s also essential to seek a dentist’s care if you think you may have a cavity or notice changes to your gums. Dr. Kenneth Egger is an esteemed dentist with decades of experience serving patients in the Mount Pleasant, MI, area.

Book an appointment online today, or call our office at 989-773-3560. We look forward to seeing you!


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