Old vs. New Toothbrushes: When to Replace Them

At Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, we want to kick off the new year with your oral hygiene being on point. You may have mastered the art of proper brushing, but do you ever wonder when it’s time to replace your toothbrush? Over a period of time, you might notice the bristles on your toothbrush starting to spread out. This can be an indication to replace your plaque-attacker. Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD recommends to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months to avoid bacteria build-up from brushing overtime. Happy cleaning!

Quick Tips to Keep Bacteria at Bay:

  • Store your toothbrush upright in a glass to allow it to air dry
  • Swish it in 100 percent white vinegar
  • Do not share toothbrushes to avoid the exchange of bodily fluids and bacteria
  • Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly under running water to remove any excess toothpaste and other residue