How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

Toothbrushes were once considered luxury items; now, they are a staple in modern society. The toothbrush as we know it today came to fruition in 1498 from the emperor of China, who put hog bristles onto a bone handle. Given the price of hog bristles at the time, however, entire families would have to share one single toothbrush!

Knowing when to replace your toothbrush may not be as easy to identify as something like knowing when to replace worn-out shoes. With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about replacing your toothbrush. Tip: Keeping extra toothbrushes on-hand will allow you to replace your toothbrush easily when it’s time to.

How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

On average, you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Children may need to have their toothbrushes replaced more often than adults, because they typically brush harder. However, there are other signs that it may be time to replace your toothbrush, including:

  • The bristles on your toothbrush look frayed or worn down

  • You have been sick recently

Manual or Electric Toothbrushes?

Manual or electric/powered toothbrushes both promote good dental health. However, some electric toothbrush models have been clinically proven to reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth and thus can fight against cavities and gum disease. There may be added benefits to electric toothbrushes, since some many of them have built-in timers that tell you when you have brushed your teeth long enough. On the other hand, manual toothbrushes are more portable and require less maintenance, in that they don’t require being charged. For those who suffer from arthritis or have difficulty moving their hands, electric or powered toothbrushes will prove to be more useful.

The important thing is to remember to brush for the recommended amount of time, which, according to dental experts, is for at least two to three minutes. Consider getting a tiny timer for your bathroom. Failing to brush your teeth for long enough means that you will leave bacteria behind; this can contribute to dental problems such as gum disease. Equally important is that you use the proper brushing technique. Use short strokes and be careful about applying too much pressure when brushing.

Toothbrush Maintenance

It is important to keep your toothbrush as germ-free as possible. Rinse your toothbrush with water to get rid of toothpaste and other bacteria every time you use it. Store your toothbrush in an upright position and avoid placing it in an airtight container as this can allow bacteria to accumulate. In other words, ensure that your toothbrush can air dry.

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