Your toothbrush works harder than almost any appliance in your house. You use it every day, several times a day, to keep a very busy place clean. Yet most people don’t know how often they should replace their toothbrush. The standard recommendation is to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head (on an electric toothbrush) every three months, but there are several signs it’s time for a new toothbrush if you lose track of the time.
– Frayed bristles: This is the most obvious sign of a tired toothbrush. When bristles aren’t straight or are discolored, it’s time to start fresh.
– Blue strip: Some toothbrushes come with a colored strip that fades as the toothbrush loses its cleaning power. When you notice this coloring wearing off, buy a new brush.
– Batteries: If you use an electric toothbrush, don’t forget to replace your batteries as soon as you notice less power in your brush. A toothbrush running on half power doesn’t get teeth as clean as it should, so this is nearly as important as a new toothbrush head.
– Illness: If you or your child has been ill, you should go ahead and replace that toothbrush to prevent the spread of bacteria.
If you have any questions about which toothbrush is best for you or when you should replace yours, give us a call at (757) 467-8181. And, don’t forget, we’ll send you off with a new toothbrush at your next cleaning!