- Manual toothbrush.
- Electric toothbrush.
How Often To Replace Your Toothbrush (Backed by Science)
You’ve often heard that to maintain good dental health, you have to observe good and proper oral hygiene practices, such as daily brushing and flossing. However, how can you expect your toothbrush to polish your teeth effectively if it is worn out or isn't clean? You can easily know when your shoes or clothes are worn out and need replacement It's easy to know when to replace worn-out shoes or faded clothes. But how often should you replace your toothbrush? Although this depends on several factors. The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommended that you should replace your toothbrush (or swap your electric toothbrush head) every three to four months as long as you use it at least twice daily. These factors include your usage, health, and preferences. For instance, replace your toothbrush every three to four months but if you’ve been sick, consider replacing your toothbrush sooner. You may also change your toothbrush sooner if you brush more often (more than thrice daily) or if the bristles are frayed. Generally, if the bristles of your toothbrush are frayed, they won't brush your teeth clean as thoroughly. Also, if you brush your teeth more vigorously (children do this a lot), you would need their toothbrushes replaced more often. At Taunton Village Dental we recommend that you occasionally run your tongue across your teeth. If you don't feel like your teeth are as slippery as usual, your toothbrush may need replacement. So, before you brush again, take a close look at your toothbrush and ask yourself whether it is time for a new toothbrush or not. Types of Toothbrushes There are two types of toothbrushes namely: