How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
By Dr. Douglas Huhn
September 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothbrush  

Nothing lasts forever, including your toothbrush. Know when it’s time to ditch it for a new one!

In between visits to see our Orlando, FL family dentists, Dr. Douglas and Dr. Clete Huhn, you should be doing your best to keep your toothbrushsmile healthy from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about caring for your smile to prevent decay and other issues down the road.

The Telltale Signs that a Toothbrush Should be Thrown Out

It’s fairly easy to know whether or not it’s time to toss your toothbrush and get a new one. Everyone, no matter what their age, should replace their toothbrush about every three to four months. However, if you notice that the bristles are starting to splay out earlier than 3-4 months then you’ll need to replace your toothbrush even sooner.

If you happen to travel with your toothbrush you will also want to replace the brush head or toothbrush once you get back from your travels. The toothbrush often gets shoved into a suitcase and sits out in a hotel bathroom, where it can collect germs and dirt that could make you sick. So play it safe and spring for a new toothbrush once you are back from your vacation.

The same rule also applies for illness. Think about it: Why would you want to place the same toothbrush in your mouth that you used while you were ill? That toothbrush is covered in nasty little germs that could easily reinfect you. Once you have fought and won the battle over an illness it’s best to say goodbye to your old toothbrush and replace it with a clean new one. Trust us; you’ll be thankful that you did this!

If you have questions about whether a manual or electric toothbrush would work better for you our Orlando general dentist can help weigh in on which toothbrush might work best. While the choice is ultimately up to you, we can help provide suggestions for the best ADA-approved toothbrushes that will work with your lifestyle, dexterity and any existing dental conditions you may have.

Need to schedule you or your child’s next dental cleaning? Then it’s time you called our Orlando, FL dental office. We are ready to help you book your next visit!