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When Is It Time For A New Toothbrush?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should change your toothbrush at least every three to four months. If you think about it, that makes a lot of sense. After all, you use your toothbrush multiple times (hopefully) every day. And if you’re brushing correctly, the bristles are getting worn out. Regardless of how long you’ve had your current toothbrush if you see wear and tear on the bristles, replace it.

Replace Your Toothbrush If You Have Been Sick

If you’ve been ill, get a new toothbrush, or you could get sick again. If you have any type of virus, such as a cold sore, you should throw your toothbrush away. We recommend you do not put it in the dishwater, microwave, or use disinfectants to get rid of the germs. Replacing your toothbrush may be a way to help you stay healthy.

Grab A Fun Toothbrush For Your Children

Replacing their toothbrushes more often may make them take better care of their teeth. Colorful toothbrushes and ones with popular characters can get them to want to brush. Take them shopping to pick out the perfect one. . Make dental hygiene fun for your kids! (We have lots of great options at our office. Bring them in for a visit!)

Get a Specific Toothbrush For Your Dental Concerns

Maybe your gums bleed because you have gingivitis, or you have a higher cavity rate and need a toothbrush that will reach your back molars, or you have bad breath and need to brush your tongue with a toothbrush with a tongue cleaner. Whatever the reason, the type of toothbrush you choose can make a positive difference. We believe that a soft-bristled toothbrush that is gentle on the gums is the best!


Thank you Colgate for guidance on our toothbrush etiquette!