When Should I be Replacing My Toothbrush?


As dental professionals, we have heard questions about toothbrush brand, longevity, and functionality a lot. Since your toothbrush is your primary instrument of dental care in most cases, these questions are quite relevant and important.


When it comes to the need to replace your toothbrush, you are going to want to look at how weathered it is, as well as how long you have been using it. A lot of people will use the same toothbrush for years at a time, without realizing that they should be replacing it much more often. Ideally, people should be replacing their toothbrushes or toothbrush heads every 3 months.


Since your toothbrush is being used a few times a day throughout this period, it is going to see a lot of wear. The bristles are going to wear out and become less effective, and the possible amount of contaminants present may also increase. Your brush simply loses its edge in functionality after a few months.


Therefore, we encourage people to replace their brushes in accordance with this timetable. However, expectations should always be made for issues that speed up the need to replace a toothbrush. For example if your toothbrush has it bristles visibly damaged or worn, it is a good idea to replace it.


Likewise, if the bristles turn harder and begin drawing blood, you should also replace it. We also would like to remind everyone that if you should knock your toothbrush into the toilet, please replace it. It is a very small investment to make. Toothbrushes are meant to be used, and then disposed of. Anything which occurs to compromise their sanitation or effectiveness should be cause to replace them quickly.


Take the best care possible of your teeth by keeping your brushes fresh. You will be glad that you did! 


E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200


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