How often do you change your toothbrush? When was the last time you changed it? Most of us don’t think about it let alone do it on a regular basis. How often do you change your toothbrush varies depending on usage, health and preferences.

Studies say changing your brush every 3 to 4 months is ideal. If you have been sick, or someone you share the same toothbrush cup has been sick, change it. Otherwise, you can tell by the bristles of the brush. Are they frayed? This is a good sign that you should change your brush. Frayed bristles may cause the brush to lose its effectiveness.

Whether you have a manual toothbrush or electric doesn’t change the fact of how often you should change the brush or the head. Keeping the brush clean and stored properly also helps with the sanitation factor as well as the longevity of the brush. The longer you use the same brush, the more bacteria and germs grow.

To help keep your brushes last, store them standing up right, in an open container. Using a brush cover is fine when traveling, but do not store them 24/7 in them. A toothbrush cover doesn’t protect a toothbrush from bacterial growth, it does the opposite. It creates an environment where the bacteria can grow by keeping the bristles moist and not allowing the head of the toothbrush to dry out.

So when was the last time you changed your brush? Ask your dentist during your next visit for more toothbrush practices and don’t forget to grab your new brush!

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