How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Everyone knows that family dentists recommend brushing the teeth at least twice each day. Some people are also familiar with the recommendation to brush for at least two minutes. But how clean are your teeth really getting if you’re brushing with an old toothbrush? Your toothbrush is home to millions of microorganisms like bacteria. And over time, it works less effectively as the bristles become worn out and frayed. For these reasons, family dentists in Alpharetta recommend replacing your toothbrush or electric brush head at least every three months.

However, there’s no harm in replacing your toothbrush more often if you’re squeamish about germs. And if your bristles wear out quickly or if you fall ill, it’s time to replace the toothbrush. Knowing how to store your toothbrush properly can reduce the amount of germs it houses. Never use communal holders, and always store the toothbrush as far away as possible from the toilet. Each time someone flushes with the lid up, germs are propelled into the air—and you definitely don’t want those on your toothbrush.

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