When Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

There are some things we don’t necessarily care to know about—like for example what is lingering on our toothbrush.  If this is knowledge you just can’t stomach, skip down to the bullet point list below so you don’t miss the information you really need, which is how to take proper care of your toothbrush…and for sure don’t read the info in italics.  Okay, we’re kidding, read all of this – it’s important!

If someone is sick, viruses and bacteria can live on the infected persons toothbrush for weeks and what’s worse these viruses and bacteria can continue to cause illness.  Even healthy microorganisms can cause infections.  This is especially true if they enter your gums due to a cut or break in the gum tissue.

Did you know: It’s not required that toothbrushes come in sterile packaging, so even brand new brushes potentially contain bacteria right out of the box.  This little tidbit is right from the ADA’s official statement on toothbrush care.

Care for your toothbrush:

  • – Keep it clean.  Thoroughly rinse off your toothbrush after every use. You may also want to soak it in antibacterial mouthwash.  Heck, you can even throw it in the dishwasher.  There are also toothbrush sanitizers available that you might want to invest in.
  • – Store it properly.  Don’t just throw your toothbrush in the cupboard after use.  Store it upright in a cup or rack so that it can dry out.
  • – Replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months.
  • – Replace your toothbrush right away if you’ve been sick.
  • – NO SHARING.  You may be very close to your family, but sharing a toothbrush is too close.  There’s no one you should be sharing a toothbrush with.

Did you know: Tooth decay is an infectious disease….so don’t share that brush!