Is it time to replace your toothbrush?

As you stand in the dental care aisle of your local supermarket, surrounded by an array of toothbrush options, you might find yourself wondering: “Is it time to replace my toothbrush?” 

It’s a question many of us may overlook. However, your toothbrush is an essential tool in your dental care routine, and like all tools, it requires regular maintenance and replacement! 

Here’s some signs that it may be time to ditch your current toothbrush and grab a new one. 

Bristle Wear and Tear  

One of the most obvious indicators that it’s time to replace your toothbrush is visible wear and tear on the bristles. Over time the bristles on your toothbrush can become frayed, bent or flattened, diminishing their ability to remove plaque and debris from your teeth and gums.  

If you notice that the bristles are splayed out or no longer straight, it’s a clear sign that your toothbrush is past its prime. 

Time Factor  

Dental professionals recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles show signs of wear. Replacing your toothbrush regularly can help minimize the risk of bacterial growth. 

Illness or Infection 

If you’ve recently been ill or have had an oral infection, it’s essential to replace your toothbrush immediately after you recover. Bacteria and viruses can linger on the bristles of your toothbrush, increasing the risk of reinfection or spreading the illness to others.  

Changes in Bristle Color 

Some toothbrushes are equipped with indicator bristles that fade in color over time, serving as a visual cue to remind you when it’s time for a replacement. If your toothbrush features these indicator bristles and you notice a significant change in color, it’s time for a new brush! 

It might also be time to schedule your next dental appointment! Schedule an appointment at Jackson Dental today by calling (573) 243-5200 or stopping by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.