how long should a toothbrush last

When is it Time to Replace Your Toothbrush?

Selecting a new toothbrush may sound easy, but unfortunately it isn’t as easy as it seems. There are many considerations you must make so you find the one that works best for your teeth.

The Toothbrush’s Design

You want a toothbrush with soft bristles. This is because hard bristles can cause your gum tissues to pull back away from your teeth. When this happens, your tooth’s root will become very sensitive to heat, cold, and certain types of foods and drinks.

Additionally, make sure the size of your toothbrush head will easily fit in your mouth. You want to brush only a few teeth at a time – typically about 1” long and ½” wide.

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush

An electric toothbrush won’t clean your teeth any better than a regular toothbrush unless it motivates you to clean your teeth longer or more frequently. Otherwise, it really isn’t worth the investment.

Of course, if you need some help with brushing your teeth (e.g. you have arthritis or another condition that limits your mobility), wear braces, or have an alignment issue with your teeth’s surface, a powered toothbrush may also be helpful.

Replacing Your Toothbrush

It’s important to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head as soon as the bristles start looking worn or frayed–about 3-4 months. This is important for you to pay attention to though, because a worn toothbrush won’t work as well or clean your teeth as thoroughly. You should also clean your teeth after each illness you have.

Choosing Your Child’s Toothbrush

Choosing your child’s toothbrush isn’t much different than choosing one for yourself. You’ll want one that has soft bristles, a small head (since your child has baby teeth), and a large handle that’s easier for them to grip.

If you have questions about toothbrushes or need some help finding the “perfect” one for you to use, contact our office and set up an appointment to have a discussion.