Your Toothbrush: How Often Do You Need To Replace It?

Your toothbrush is the most basic tool in having a healthy mouth. It gets a daily beating brushing your teeth so to replace it is important. How often should you replace your toothbrush?

Your Toothbrush: How Often Do You Need To Replace It?Your toothbrush is what you use to clean your teeth daily. It gets about 10 million germs and bacteria in each use. That, however, isn’t the reason to replace it. The bacteria, once off your teeth aren’t a problem for them. Besides that toothpaste has anti-germ ingredients and once your toothbrush dries, the bacteria die. The problem is that with regular brushing it just plain wears out the brush. The American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush about every three months, depending on how vigorously you brush your teeth. If you have a more heavy hand you’ll wear your toothbrush out faster. So a good rule of thumb is if the bristles of your brush are starting to bend and splay out it’s time to replace it. If you’re replacing it rather often, you might want to let up on the pressure.

And no, you don’t have to replace your toothbrush after an illness. Just make sure it dries between uses so the germs die. If you are worried about all the germs and bacteria you can do a few things. You can soak it in alcohol or mouthwash to kill the germs since both are antiseptic. You could soak in it a solution of half water, half hydrogen peroxide. Of you can dip it in boiling water for 5-10 seconds. Don’t microwave it or put it in the dishwasher. That can actually damage the bristles.

For more advice on the best toothbrush for you, or how to care for your teeth contact your dentist. If you need a great dentist in Denver to help you with partial or full dentures, visit Makowski Dental online at