Dentists Recommend Changing Your Toothbrush Every 3-4 Months
You probably know that you shouldn’t keep using the same toothbrush forever, but how long should you use your toothbrush before you switch to a new one?
The current recommendation from the ADA and other leading dental agencies is that you should switch to a new toothbrush about every 3-4 months – or whenever the bristles start to look worn out and frayed, or begin to bend away from the center of the brush. And that’s our recommendation at Mountain View Family Dental, too!
Why Change Your Toothbrush?
The most important reason your toothbrush should be changed every 3-4 months is that, over time, the bristles become less effective. They lose stiffness and start to fray and deteriorate, so they don’t remove plaque and tartar from your teeth properly, so you may have a higher risk of plaque and tartar buildup if you don’t switch your toothbrush regularly.
In addition, switching your toothbrush every 3-4 months also helps reduce the risk of bacterial buildup and fungus buildup on the brush. Older toothbrushes may collect potentially-dangerous bacteria from the environment over time, particularly if they’re stored near the toilet.
Change Your Toothbrush Often – And Come To See Us Every Six Months!
Want to keep your mouth healthy? Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, switch your toothbrush every 3-4 months, and see the team at Mountain View Dental for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months.