How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? Many people often wonder how frequently they should replace their toothbrush with a new one, or is something not often thought about.

The American Dental Association recommends:

  • Toothbrush bristles should always be relatively straight or only slightly bent.
  • Toothbrushes be changed every three months.
  • Toothbrushes should be tossed out after one has combatted a cold.

Toothbrush bristles should be relatively straight or only slightly bent. Many people aren’t aware of when their toothbrush is past its prime. Relatively straight or only slightly bent, it’s still OK, but if it looks like it was used to scrub the bathroom tiles, it needs to be tossed!

Be sure to check your children’s toothbrushes regularly, because they probably will need to be replaced more frequently.

You can also develop the habit of changing your toothbrush with every check-up (provided you see your dentist every six months) and then again midway before the next appointment.