How do you know when it’s time to replace your toothbrush? Do you have a set schedule? Do you wait until you remember to pick up a new one at the store? Do you wait until your dentist gives you one?
We all have different teeth brushing personalities, but it’s imperative that we have the same guidelines when it comes to replacing that instrument that cleans our teeth.
Use the following guidelines to determine when to replace a toothbrush:
Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to keep any bacteria from spreading.
If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions because you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently.
If you’ve been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.