How often should I change my toothbrush?

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Many dentists agree that you should change your toothbrush every 3 months, after 3 months the wear and tear of the toothbrush reduces the effectiveness of removing plaque from teeth and gums compared to new ones.  The bristles break down and lose their effectiveness in getting to all those tricky corners around your teeth.  As the bristles wear down the toothbrush can actually cause damage to gum tissue. In some cases, it’s good to replace a toothbrush even before the 3 months is up.  It is also important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, the flu, a mouth infection or a sore throat.  That’s because germs can hide in toothbrush bristles and lead to re-infection.

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How should I care for my toothbrush?

After using your toothbrush, shake it vigorously under tap water and store it in an upright position so that it can air out. If not properly cared for it is possible that fungus and bacteria can develop in the bristles of your toothbrush another reason to change your toothbrush regularly, so it’s important to let your toothbrush dry out between uses.

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