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Maybe you’re on top of your toothbrush schedule. But most of us probably don’t know that mouth hygiene doesn’t end when you’re done brushing your teeth each night. Your tooth brush also needs to be taken care of. It can be a hotbed of bacteria and can become dysfunctional if you allow the bristles to fray and wear down, which means you may suddenly find yourself missing crucial areas as you brush your teeth.

There’s conventional wisdom about how many months to go before getting a new toothbrush but there’s also your own habits to consider. While there are good rules of thumb, you may use your toothbrush more than others or maybe brush with different intensities or use different toothpastes which can have different effects.

To help, we’ve outlined below some signs when it’s time for a new toothbrush and the benefits of keeping on top of your toothbrush lifespan.

Signs of Worn-Down Toothbrushes

Th first and most obvious sign of needing a new toothbrush is bristles that are frayed and splayed out. You may also notice the bristles have discolored, turning yellow or dimming in colors. Some toothbrushes even have specific bristle colors that change over time as an active countdown of when it’s time to get a new toothbrush. Keep an eye on the shape of the brush and the color, noting it when you first open the package and checking each month to see if it’s time.

Every 3 Months

The common recommendation from dentists and other oral professionals is that you replace your toothbrush once every three months or at least no later than every four months. The reason for this is the integrity of the bristles which don’t last forever and tend to become frayed and lose shape around this time frame. Though there is some leeway with different brands and habits, very 3-4 months is considered the norm.

Consequences of Using Old Toothbrushes

When a toothbrush gets overworked and the bristles bend, you’re going to find it loses effectiveness. Toothbrushes are designed specifically for our teeth and function best in their desired shape. When a toothbrush becomes misshapen and frayed then specific areas at the base of the teeth, the gum line, and in between teeth gets missed. This is a prime place for plaque to build up and cavities to appear.

Related Questions

What about my electric toothbrush?

Your electric toothbrush has the same lifespan as a normal one, with the head needing to be changed once every three to four months, for the same reasons.

What is the lifespan of an electric toothbrush?

The toothbrush itself should last you 3-5 years with most being covered under warranty for a premature failure in the first two years.

Talk to your dental professional about the habits you should be keeping when it comes to your toothbrush and start the New Year with a healthy mouth and smile by scheduling your dental checkup.

At Sedki Dentistry, we have dedicated ourselves to providing the highest quality dental care in a safe and comfortable environment. Our Commerce Twp dental office is the perfect place to meet all your dental needs and address all your concerns. Dr. Sedki uses the latest techniques and procedures in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry including Children’s Dentistry. Call Sedki Dentistry today for a Free dental consultation and see why our dental clinic has the experience to improve your smile and achieve optimal oral health this New Year!