How Often Should Toothbrushes Be Replaced?

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You spend time with your toothbrush every single day, but do you ever stop to think about whether or not you’re using it correctly? In this post, we’ll go over some important toothbrush tips, including how often you need to replace it.

Replace Your Toothbrush Every Three Months

The rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush or brush head every three months. We suggest marking it in your calendar, setting a reminder on your phone or smart home, or even by leaving a sticky note on the bathroom mirror–whatever does the trick! It’s also a great idea to buy multiple brushes or brush heads at once, so that you have a fresh one waiting for you when the three months are up.

Brush for a Full Two Minutes

Speaking of time, the amount of time you spend brushing each time is an important consideration too. It’s crucial that you spend a full two minutes each time you brush. This is the amount of time that’s needed to effectively access the entire smile, hitting each and every tooth surface. For more tips on how to brush correctly and effectively, click to view another one of our recent blog posts where we cover some of the “don’ts” of brushing.

Consider Electric

If you’ve always stuck with a traditional, manual toothbrush, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Electric toothbrushes are just as good, if not better, at eradicating plaque and preventing cavities. And they are better suited to some people than a traditional brush. Electric toothbrushes can be a game-changer for people with braces, limited mobility, or a tendency to brush aggressively. There are even versions with subscription services that deliver brush heads on-time, right to your door, making it easy to remember and replace your brush head.

Need More Brushing Tips? Call Us!

Our expert team hear at Ashley Laird, DDS is happy to answer any of your toothbrush related questions, and more! The health of your smile is our passion and we’ll do whatever it takes to guarantee it. If you don’t have your next visit to our Tyler dental office scheduled, give us a call or request a visit online.

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