Your toothbrush is one of your best defences against plaque, cavities, and gum disease. But how often should you replace it? It’s a simple question, but one that’s often overlooked. In this blog, we at Broadway Smiles provide the answer: When should you replace your toothbrush?
The Lifespan of a Toothbrush
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush about every three to four months. But, individual habits can influence this timeline. If you’re brushing more than twice a day, or if your brush is showing signs of wear, it may need to be replaced sooner.
Signs You Need a New Toothbrush
Keep an eye out for these signs that it’s time for a fresh brush:
Worn Out Bristles: If your toothbrush bristles are frayed or worn, it’s time for a new one. Worn-out bristles can’t clean your teeth as effectively, which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay.
After Illness: If you’ve been sick, change your toothbrush. Germs can linger on the bristles and reinfection is something you want to avoid.
Improper Storage: If your toothbrush is stored in a damp or non-ventilated area and doesn’t dry properly between uses, it can harbour bacteria, and you should consider replacing it.
Time: Even if your toothbrush seems in good shape, if it’s been four months (or longer) since you started using it, it’s time for a new one.
Why Changing Your Toothbrush Matters
Using a fresh toothbrush is key for good oral health. An old or worn-out toothbrush can’t effectively clean your teeth, leading to a higher risk of dental issues. Bacteria and fungi can also grow on an old toothbrush, which can lead to oral infections.
Visit Broadway Smiles
At Broadway Smiles in Vancouver, we’re committed to helping you achieve excellent oral health. If you have questions about oral hygiene routines or any other dental topics, our team is here to assist you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We’re here to help you keep your smile healthy and bright for a lifetime.