Do You Have a Worn Out Toothbrush?

replacement. Continue reading to learn do you have a worn out toothbrush.

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How Long Should A Toothbrush Last?

To ensure you receive the most benefits from a toothbrush, most dentists recommend one that has earned the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This seal has helped patients make the best choice in dental products for more than ninety years. When you choose a toothbrush approved by the ADA, you can know that it has been scientifically tested for safety and efficacy. 

The general guideline recommended by the ADA is that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months. However, not all toothbrushes are made the same, and several factors may cause you to replace yours before three or four months.

Why You Might Need To Change Your Toothbrush More Frequently

Under ideal conditions, most people can maintain optimal oral health by replacing their toothbrushes every three to four months. However, you might need to replace yours sooner if:

  • You brush more often. The ADA recommendation is based on brushing twice daily. Some people choose to brush after every snack or meal. This can cause a toothbrush to wear out earlier.

  • You are sick. Although it is improbable that you will reinfect yourself with a contaminated toothbrush after a cold or other viruses, you could spread the virus to a family member. However, it is possible to reinfect yourself after a bacterial infection such as strep. You should change toothbrushes after you are sick to protect yourself and others.

  • You do not properly care for your toothbrush. Your toothbrush can become a breeding ground for bacteria if you fail to thoroughly rinse after each brushing. Bacteria can also quickly accumulate around broken or worn-out bristles.

  • You do not properly store your toothbrush. Laying your toothbrush on a wet sink or storing it in a dark drawer is an invitation for bacteria to accumulate. Toothbrushes should be stored upright so the bristles can dry thoroughly between uses.

Do You Have a Worn Out Toothbrush the Signs

Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, you should change brushes if you notice one of these signs:

  • The bristles are frayed, broken, bent, or missing.

  • You stored your toothbrush in a travel container while traveling.

  • Someone else used your toothbrush.

  • Bathroom cleaning chemicals contaminated your toothbrush.

  • Your teeth and gums do not feel clean after brushing.

  • You cannot remember when you last replaced it.

  • Debris has accumulated at the lower end of the bristles.

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