When Should I Switch My Toothbrush?

For some reason a lot of people seem to ask me this, as if I’m the toothbrush master or something. But it can be tricky. Some people say every three weeks, others every three months, etc. Personally, I don’t go by time. Here are some signs that you can look for on your toothbrush to know when the perfect time is to throw it out and go buy a new one.

For comparison, I bought the exact same type of toothbrush as my old one.  The number one sign that a toothbrush is done for is its frayed bristles.                                                    

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As you can tell in this photo, the bristles are completely frayed and unusable. If you were to brush your teeth with it, it would hardly do anything for you as the bristles are destroyed. Your brush can’t curve properly and/or get between cracks when it’s all frayed like that.

Secondly, the wear and tear is noticeable on the brush when it’s getting near the time to switch. In this picture (and no, it isn’t sunlight) the label is almost gone whereas on the newer brush it’s strong and vibrant. When things begin to fade, it’s a sure sign that it’s time to toss it.

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Other tips include:

  • Change after three months (or when there is noticeable wear and tear on the brush.)
  • Germs collect in the brush, so if you notice your brush is always damp or has an odour, it’s time to switch.
  • If debris such as food or leftover toothpaste is in the brush, it’s time to throw it out and grab a new one.
  • If someone else uses your brush . . . switch it.
  • Try to leave it upright after each use to ensure it dries properly. 
  • Get a covering for your brush for extra protection. 

I hope all of this satisfies your toothbrush needs! If you have any other questions or tips for changing up your toothbrush, feel free to leave it in the comments! Have a great week everyone! 🙂 xoxo


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