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How Often to Change Your Toothbrush for Ideal Oral Health

As you go about your daily routine, the age of your toothbrush probably isn’t something you think about too often. While you can remember to brush your teeth every morning and night, can you remember the last time you replaced your brush with a new one?

Although maintaining proper brushing patterns is important, it’s also important to use a clean brush. If you’re not changing your toothbrush as often as you should be, you’re essentially rubbing bacteria right back onto your teeth and gums.

But how often should you be changing your toothbrush? Let’s take a look.

How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

The amount of time required between swapping out your brush will depend on your habits and unique circumstances, but 3-4 months is usually a good rule of thumb. However, if you’ve been sick or your toothbrush is stored close to someone else who has been sick, you’ll want to swap it out even sooner.

The kind of toothbrush you use may also influence how often you need to make a change.

Why Do I Need to Change My Toothbrush?

A fresh toothbrush will help effectively remove debris and bacteria from your mouth. However, as it is used more often, the bristles will begin to wear down and become bent. When bristles are frayed, they can’t remove debris and bacteria as they should. This means you’re leaving behind grime that can result in gum disease.

Replacing your toothbrush as soon as the bristles begin to become damaged can ensure you’re always getting the best brush possible. Keeping a few fresh brushes in your bathroom cabinet or drawer can make it easy for you and your family to swap out your tooth brush whenever you need it.

In addition to changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, you’ll also want to make regular trips to your dentist. At Dr. Anderson’s office, we can help you and your entire family with any and all dentistry needs. If you’re ready for your next cleaning or you have any questions about oral health, contact our Kansas City, MO dental office to make an appointment.

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