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When To Replace My Toothbrush

When To Replace My Toothbrush


Brushing every day keep your teeth clean and healthy. Changing your brush frequently helps in maximizing the effect of brushing. For any dental disorder, you may opt for various dental treatments in Paschim Vihar.

When Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

A toothbrush is meant for cleaning the teeth and removing plaques.  Many people continue to use the same toothbrush for several months. It is generally recommended to change the toothbrush within three months. American Dental Association recommends that the toothbrush should be changed every three to four months. Variation in changing of toothbrush depends upon the following factors:

Time-period: When the same toothbrush is continued for a longer period, the bacteria on the bristles get accumulated. This may lead to various dental disorders and the toothbrush may not able to perform its intended work.

Frayed bristles: Even before the expiry of three-four months, it is seen that the bristles of the brush are tone or frayed, it’s the time to change your toothbrush.

Kept with other toothbrushes: If your toothbrush is kept with other toothbrushes, you have to change your toothbrush often as there may be a possibility of cross-contamination. This may lead to dental infection.

User age: Children brush more vigorously than adults. Thus, bristles of children’s toothbrushes are torn earlier as compared to adults and thus require more frequent change.

Health condition of the user: If the person had a sore throat, dental infection, cold or flu, or mouth sores, he should change his toothbrush as this will prevent re-exposing of the germs.

How My Dental Health Affected If I Do Not Replace My Toothbrush?

Correct toothbrush removes plaque which otherwise may lead to gingivitis. Further, it also removes the food particle that gets stuck between the teeth and increases the risk of infection. Following are the other effects on dental health when the toothbrush is not changed often:

  • Gingivitis may lead to teeth fall-out.
  • Increased risk of infection due to plaque.
  • Mold may grow on the toothbrush.
  • Bacteria and fungus get accumulated
  • Overall dental hygiene reduces

What To Consider When Buying Toothbrush?

Choose the toothbrush that is most comfortable for you in using and improve dental hygiene. Following are the things to consider while buying a toothbrush:

Bristles type: The bristles of the toothbrush should be soft so that they can easily bend to maximize their reach. Soft bristles also prevent damage to gums as compared to hard bristles.

Size: Choose a small toothbrush head so that it should reach the back of the mouth such as to the rear gum line and space behind the molars.

The technology involved: You may either choose a disposable toothbrush or electric toothbrush. Studies failed to provide any significant difference between the efficacy of both types of brushes.

Arrangement of bristles: The bristles should be obliquely arranged as compared to straight bristles. This will help to clean the teeth more effectively.

How Should I Extend Life Of My Toothbrush?

Although the recommended time for changing toothbrushes is three to four months, many people have to change their brushes more often. Following tips helps in extending the life of toothbrush:

  • Never allow using your brush by others.
  • Store in a packed case whenever traveling.
  • Place your toothbrush in an upright position away from other toothbrushes.
  • Do not keep your toothbrush near the toilet.
  • Follow good brushing practices such as do not use the brush vigorously.

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