Ever wonder why your dentist gives you a toothbrush at your routine visits? While it may seem like a simple parting gift, it is more than that. Dentists give toothbrushes to their patients because it is a perfect reminder to switch out your tooth brushes. Generally, routine checkups for teeth cleanings occur every six months. This is too long for a toothbrush change, but it is most likely more often than the average brush change for patients. It is recommended by the American Dental Association, or the ADA that you should change your toothbrush every three to four months, or when your bristles become frayed.


Changing your toothbrush every three to four months is important because without doing so, you are not cleaning your teeth the best you possibly could be. If your toothbrush is frayed, the bristles aren’t in the proper position for the ultimate clean, potentially leaving food debris in your teeth and on the gum line.


If you’re lucky enough to not have your bristles frayed in this time period, that does not mean you shouldn’t change your brush. This means you should still change your brush because it is carrying bacteria and multiplying the germs. If this is occurring and you’re using an old toothbrush, you are brushing your teeth for no real reason as bacteria is not helping with promoting good oral health.


Switching your toothbrush on a regular basis is important for your oral health and hygiene. Especially if you have been slightly sick in the time frame. You should change you brush after dealing with an illness, no matter the severity because it could continuously make you sick.


If you go in for a routine teeth cleaning and your dentist alerts you to your teeth not being properly cleaned, your toothbrush may be the culprit. It is wise to keep a stock of soft bristled toothbrushes for proper teeth care. The soft bristles will be gentle enough on your enamel and gums and keep the bacteria and food debris away. Consult with your doctor and schedule a routine teeth cleaning. Professional teeth cleanings are the best way to maintain your oral hygiene and to find and issues early.