When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? We throw out expired foods, restock vitamins and supplements, and replace our beauty products often, but when it comes to health and beauty, it’s our dental hygiene that doesn’t get as much attention as other areas. However, there are important rules and tips you should follow for maintaining optimal dental health.

When to change my toothbrush/replace my toothbrush head?

Most dentists and hygienists recommend changing your toothbrush/toothbrush head every 3 months. Overtime, toothbrushes go through normal wear and tear and become less effective with removing plaque from teeth and gums. Studies have found that around 3 months is when the bristles break down and lose effectiveness.

If you can’t remember exactly how long it’s been, pay particular attention to the condition your toothbrush head is in – whether the bristles are worn out, fan out, or frayed, or especially if you see dark colour changes, which is a sign of mold.