5 Signs You Need To Replace Your Toothbrush

A toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. Even if the toothbrush doesn’t look too worn out, it should be replaced to optimize your dental health.

Here are the five signs that you may need to replace your toothbrush:

1. Worn out Bristles
The most obvious sign that it’s time to replace your toothbrush is when you notice that the bristles are worn out. Frayed bristles are ineffective with keeping your teeth and gums clean.

2. Toothbrush not stored properly
It is important to place your toothbrush with the bristles up and exposed so it can air out. If you have recently placed your toothbrush in a container or drawer, it may be full of bacteria and need to be replaced.

3. Your toothbrush has touched someone else’s
If your toothbrush has touched another toothbrush, it’s a good idea to get a new one. Toothbrushes carry a lot of bacteria and can easily transfer to another brush if touching.

4. You’ve been sick
It is a good idea to replace your toothbrush if you have been sick recently to avoid re-infecting yourself.

5. Don’t remember replacing it
If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, it is probably time to replace it. Regular replacement of your toothbrush will ensure it is working effectively at cleaning your teeth as well as minimizing bacteria growth.

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