This Is How Often You Need To Be Replacing Your Toothbrush

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Your mouth is, by far, the most bacteria-laden part of your body, so it probably comes as no surprise that your trusty ol’ toothbrush is basically a breeding ground for germs. (Yummy, we know.) But there are easy ways to keep that grime factor in check — the first of which is consistently replacing your toothbrush when it’s time.

But how exactly do you know when the time is right?

Well, according to the American Dental Association, you’re best off getting a new toothbrush or replacing the brush head on your electric toothbrush every three months or so. But this swap isn’t necessarily rooted in the fear of a germ takeover. You actually wear down the bristles over time, decreasing the effectiveness of your brushing routine the longer you wait to replace it.  And if you have a heavier hand when it comes to brushing your teeth, well, be mindful of your enamel health, but also just look for when the brush bristles start to fan out in a bunch of different directions. That’s your clear sign.

when should i replace my toothbrush

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Besides replacing that brush a handful of times throughout the year, what really matters is how you store it because that’s what either prevents or exponentially promotes bacteria growth. Always leave your toothbrush standing up with the bristles on top to air dry after you use it. Removing water from the situation is the only way to make the existent germs die off. And if you really want to be effective, you can soak your toothbrush in mouthwash before rinsing it off and propping it up to dry. Just like how mouthwash helps you disinfect your mouth, the same thing can be accomplished for your brush.

So there you have it: Be mindful of how you store your toothbrush on a daily basis, swap it out at least every three months or so and your dental health will make your hygienist proud.

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