The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you change your toothbrush every three to four months. So what are some of the signs that you need to change your brush, and what steps can you take to ensure it lasts as long as possible?

If your toothbrush is frayed or discolored, those are classic signs that it needs to be replaced. However, if you're brushing correctly, these signs may be less obvious, and harder to catch. There's a simple solution to this — just mark your calendar when you start using your brush, so that you know when three to four months have passed.

It's important to replace your toothbrush not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because it loses its effectiveness due to normal wear and tear. Bristles that are slanted or curved cannot as easily reach the areas around the gum line and between teeth. Worn toothbrushes also don't as effectively flight plaque — another reason why you want to invest in a new brush every three to four months.

Make sure to practice these habits to keep your toothbrush in tip-top form:

  • Rinse your toothbrush after each use.
  • Allow your brush to air-dry, and don't store it in a closed container.
  • Tooth brushes are meant for individual use, not for sharing.
  • Finally, remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

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