If you’re up on your oral hygiene, then you’re flossing, using a mouthwash, and putting your toothbrush to work twice a day for two minutes. All of that use can build up bacteria, begging the question: How often should you change your toothbrush? We’ve got the answer and more for you!

Why Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Over time, your toothbrush bristles fray, losing their ability to properly clean. If you’re like most people, you only change out your toothbrush when you visit the dentist twice a year. But the truth is you should be swapping out your toothbrush much more often.

How Often is Often Enough?

The most common recommendation for changing out your toothbrush is every two to four months. If you’re uncertain of whether it’s time to change, keep this phrase in mind: When in doubt, change it out.

If you have a travel-only toothbrush, you don’t have to swipe it out as often. But you should still change it out! And be sure to completely dry it out before storing it. Moisture left on the bristles combined with a dark storage area creates an environment ripe for bacteria growth.

Keep Up On Your Oral Hygiene

Bringing a new toothbrush regularly into your hygiene routine is a big step in keeping your smile bright and your mouth healthy. You’ll also need regular visits to your dentist to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. If you’re ready to improve your oral health, make an appointment with Dr. Michael Fernandez Family Dentistry today.