You’re busy. We get it. Work and family and errands and pets and friends and most things in your life probably are more of a priority than keeping tabs on your toothbrush. Quite a few of us are probably half asleep when we’re using them in the morning and before bed anyway. Which means, we’re less likely to notice how worn and sad they might be looking. The quick answer is most people should replace their toothbrush every three to four months. Here are some helpful things to consider when it comes to keeping a fresh toothbrush for a fresh mouth!
1. How Long Has It Been?
If you can’t remember the last time you bought a new toothbrush, it’s probably safe to say it’s time to purchase a new one. You’re brushing twice a day (we hope), so you want that brush to be as effective as possible every time you use it!
2. Have You Been Ill?
If you’ve been sick, especially with something contagious, toss the old brush and splurge for a new one since bacteria could be sticking around on your toothbrush that could get you sick again.
3. Have the Bristles Had It?
If the bristles are looking like a giant stepped on them and are extra worn down, it’s time to replace it for sure. The more frayed the bristles are, the less likely they’re doing their job of removing plaque from your pearly whites. Remember, soft bristles are best and it’s more about how regularly you’re brushing than how hard you’re brushing!
4. Let It Air Out
It’s best to keep toothbrushes standing upright to ensure they dry completely in between uses, which means less chance of bacteria building up. You might be tempted to get a toothbrush cover, especially if you’re sharing a bathroom with others, but instead of protecting your toothbrush, they’re mainly just holding all the bacteria. You’re better off letting the bristles dry out in the open.
5. Feeling Fresh & Clean
It’s all about that precious clean feeling. If you run your tongue across your teeth and they’re feeling more “gritty” or “grimey” than smooth, slippery and fresh, chances are your toothbrush needs to be traded in for a new version.