Giving Your Toothbrush the Brushoff: Know When to Trade Up!

by Jason 6/26/2014 8:00 AM

It’s National Toothbrush Day – and the perfect time to access the condition of that trusted tool you’ve been using to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Has your manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush head seen better days? Or have you or a family member been sick lately? 

  • According to the American Dental Association, you should get a new toothbrush every three to four months. Frayed or bent bristles are sure signs that your brush is wearing out.
  • Wear and tear is not the only reason to say “so long” to your current toothbrush. Viruses and bacteria can live on a toothbrush’s surfaces for weeks – so be sure to trash your toothbrush after you have an illness, cold, flu or sore throat, and start using a new one. And, anyone in your household who has been ill should do the same.   
  • Even if you or a family member haven’t been sick, bacteria and fungus can grow on your toothbrush – that’s another good reason to toss it by the four-month mark. Then resume your twice-daily brushing routine with a fresh, unused brush.  
  • To help keep bacteria at bay on a daily basis, soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash. 
  • And, be sure to store your toothbrush upright in a glass or toothbrush rack after each use -- so it can dry thoroughly. Lack of air can invite bacteria. 

Following these toothbrush best practices will help you and your family stay healthy and smiling bright.  

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