Does your toothbrush look like this?
The American Dental Association recommends you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. That means, at a minimum, you should replace your toothbrush 3 times per year.
Toothbrushes will not clean effectively, and perhaps even damage gums and teeth, if they are worn. Toothbrushes also harbor bacteria if not properly rinsed and air-dried after use. Do not store your toothbrush with a cap on the end for extended periods of time.
If you find your toothbrush looks like the one above in less than 3 months, you may be an aggressive brusher, and should consider purchasing a rechargeable brush such as the Oral B Genius, which has a pressure-alert system built into the handle! Watch this:
If you choose a regular, non-powered brush, remember to select one with the ADA seal of acceptance and choose SOFT. Using a medium or hard bristle brush can brush away more than just the plaque, it can brush away your gum and tooth structure.
- Replace your toothbrush a minimum of 3 times per year
- Brush with an ADA seal approved SOFT brush
- Brush 2 minutes twice a day and floss before bed
- Brush with fluoridated ADA seal accepted toothpaste
- See your dentist, at a minimum, once per year