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How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush

Posted on 9/9/2022 by Dr Hedgecock
image of toothbrushesIf you use a manual toothbrush, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends changing it every three to four months. If you use your toothbrush for much longer, the bristles will begin to fray and wear out, and they won't be able to remove plaque as well as they did when they were new. When there is excessive plaque and food debris in your mouth, your chance of developing tooth decay and gum disease rises.

In addition, you should change the head of your electric toothbrush once per month for optimal results. Due to electric toothbrushes often having shorter bristles, this should be done more frequently than with a manual toothbrush. Because of this, they tend to get worn out more rapidly, so they need to be replaced sooner. If you see that the bristles do not appear to be in the greatest form, you may want to consider replacing the brush head sooner than 12 weeks have passed.

Replacing Your Toothbrush Prevents Cross-Contamination

The bristles of your toothbrush may harbor viruses and bacteria, which can lead to reinfection or cross-contamination if many people in your family use toothbrushes. After you have fully recovered from your sickness, you should go out and get a new toothbrush and dispose of the one you have been using.

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