When Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

Do you know when to replace your toothbrush? Your toothbrush is not like a pair of shoes that you replace or throw away when they get worn out or like your clothes that you need to replace when they get torn, faded or go out of fashion. Replacing your toothbrush is an important part of oral hygiene.

Though your toothbrush does not come with an expiry date, it must be replaced every few months. If you brush twice a day on average, you must replace it every 2-3 months. Here are 3 signs that indicate that it is time to replace your toothbrush:

  • If the bristles of your toothbrush are pointing in different directions or it is looking frayed within a few weeks of you starting to use it, this not only indicates that you are brushing too hard but also that it is time for a replacement. Replace your toothbrush immediately without a second thought.Many people store their toothbrushes in fancy covers and cases. Since most of them do not let the brush dry completely, the toothbrush may develop mold or (invisible) bacteria. The first thing is to replace the toothbrush you are already using and going forward let the brushes air dry after every use.


  • If you are always in a hurry when you brush your teeth and do not wash it thoroughly after use, a layer of toothpaste, food residue and saliva may form on the brush. It is better if you replace your toothbrush and start washing it thoroughly after every use to keep it clean and fresh.


  • Poor oral hygiene is one of the biggest factors that affect your dental health. Since toothbrush is one of the basic necessities, make sure to use a high-quality toothbrush. Do not forget to replace it regularly or as often as required based on its condition. This may reduce the number of visits to the dentist or endodontist you might have to make in the future.

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