Posted on 4/15/2018 by Acree & Isenhower Family Dentistry
Although you know when it's time to get new clothes or shoes, you may struggle to know when you should get a new toothbrush. We recommend that you do so every two or three months.
If your bristles look worn or frayed before then, you'll want to change your toothbrush earlier. There are also other factors to consider that may alter the time when you need to change your toothbrush.
When to Change Your Toothbrush
There are numerous signs that indicate that you need a new toothbrush. One of the biggest reasons to change your toothbrush earlier is because we've diagnosed you with gum disease or we're already treating you for it.
This is because the infection's bacteria and microorganisms live on your toothbrush. For this reason, you should also change your toothbrush when you recover from an illness like the flu, strep, or a common cold.
Make sure you also store your toothbrush away from an open toilet. When you don't have a proper storage place for your toothbrush, make sure you look closely at it each time you brush your teeth to make sure there's no mold or fungus growing in it.
Additionally, don't store your toothbrush with someone else's. If you do so, it's likely that they may mistakenly use your toothbrush. When you notice this has happened you should change your toothbrush to avoid cross infections, especially if you're susceptible to gum disease.
Besides properly caring for your toothbrush you also need routine cleanings from our office. While you're here we can teach you how to properly store and use your toothbrush. We'll tell you how much pressure to use too.
This is important because using too much pressure can result in you needing to change toothbrushes sooner too. All of this is important, so you don't develop oral health problems that will need even more care from us.