How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Toothbrushes (or electric toothbrush heads) should be replaced every three to four months. This duration may vary with children as they tend to brush more rigorously than adults. You should also consider replacing your brush sooner if you have been sick or if the bristles become frayed. Clinical research shows that a new toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque than a worn-out brush. To keep your toothbrush clean, it’s important to rinse your brush after use to wash away any lingering toothpaste and debris. Your brush should be stored vertically so the bristles can air dry. It is advised not to store your toothbrush in an airtight container as it doesn’t allow your toothbrush to dry completely between uses which can cause a buildup of bacteria.

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