How often should I replace my toothbrush?

We’re all for sustainability, but one thing that you should not be endlessly reusing is your toothbrush.

To maintain good oral hygiene, you should make sure to have a fresh, new toothbrush at your disposal always.

How often should you replace your toothbrush? 

At Ortodental we recommend discarding your old brush after three months of use. Most dentists will advise you to go through at least 4 toothbrushes a year. 

Maintaining your toothbrush

Keep your pearly whites fresh and clean by paying attention to the condition of your toothbrush – if you tend to brush vigorously, then the bristles may get worn out sooner than usual. 

This means two things: be more gentle next time, and replace your toothbrush as soon as possible! Torn bristles are not as effective at removing food particles and plaque and in turn, will cause cavity and gum issues, the very thing you are trying to avoid. 

Why you need to replace your brush

Germs can hide inside your toothbrush bristles, meaning that microbes could still be hiding even if your toothbrush looks as good as new. Since you can’t properly sterilize a toothbrush at home, it’s a good idea to get a new toothbrush at least every three months. 

The bristles shouldn’t look frayed or broken – you want them in perfect condition, so they do their job effectively and spare you from too many visits to the dentist. 

Whether you’re using a manual or electric one won’t make a difference – the three-month rule still applies regardless. 

Yet, some circumstances demand buying a new toothbrush even more often.

For example, every time you get a cold or get sick, buy a new toothbrush as you don’t want to risk getting infected again. Toothbrushes can be an ideal breeding ground for germs, bacteria, and viruses, so it’s crucial to replace them timely to maintain good dental and overall health. 

Another reason to consider switching up even more often is if you suffer from gum disease. 

Why is it so important to change your toothbrush regularly? 

Certain problems may arise if you forget to get a new toothbrush now and then.

Gingivitis may become an issue for you since damaged, bent, or old bristles aren’t as effective in removing plaque, leading to sore gums and unpleasant problems. If gingivitis isn’t addressed as soon as possible, it may even cause teeth to fall out in extreme cases – and who wants that to happen? 

What to look for when buying a new product?

Ask our team here at Orthodental for recommendations based on your needs and dental health. Although, most will agree that buying a toothbrush with soft, gentile bristles is a good idea since harsh ones might damage your gums and possibly cause bleeding. 

Don’t forget to use mouthwash and floss either – making an extra effort will pay off by keeping your teeth in perfect condition and saving you from visiting the dentist too often. 

A final note

A toothbrush is a small investment that makes a world of difference to your oral hygiene. The more you take care of your teeth at home the less reason you will have to visit a dentist or orthodontist. Oral hygiene starts at home and it always starts with a toothbrush.

Ask any of our staff for recommendations on the best brands and the ones that will suit your needs the best.