How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?



How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Replacing your toothbrush can be an easy thing to forget at times and it is important to be aware of how frequently you should change it out. Dentists recommend that you aim to replace your toothbrush every 3 months, as studies show that the bristles begin to break down at that time.

Why is it important to replace your toothbrush?

Not replacing your toothbrush can cause brushing to be ineffective at removing plaque and result in uninviting issues such as gingivitis. Over time, germs and bacteria can build up on the bristles if not properly taken care of.

How Do I Properly Care for My Toothbrush?

After each use of your toothbrush, be diligent about rinsing and drying off the brush and then storing it in an upright position. It is also important to remember when traveling, to keep your toothbrush covered, to avoid picking up new bacteria and germs that could potentially make you sick.


We know life can get busy and it is easy to forget the importance of proper toothbrush care, but we encourage you to make this an important part of your routine. Ask your dentist if you have any questions regarding your toothbrush or when to replace it.