Since the month of February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, I have been posting some dental tips. One question I get quite often is “When should I change my toothbrush?”.
The general rule is to change your toothbrush every 3 months. There are some exceptions to this rule though!
If your toothbrush bristles are flared out, it is time for a new brush. Often times this means that you are brushing too hard. If it is a child’s brush, it could mean that they are chewing on the brush.
Illness is another exception to the 3 month rule. Throw your toothbrush away at the end of an illness. The germs will still be present on the bristles so throw it away to prevent reinfection. Also, don’t store the whole families toothbrushes in the same container since this will lead to cross contamination.
If you are a coupon user like me, you will most likely score free toothbrushes often. So it’s really not a big deal to throw them away at least every 3 months!
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