When was the last time you changed your tooth brush?

Philippines
September 8, 2008 7:15pm CST
I'm pretty sure after reading the title of my discussion you're thinking "uhhhh...ohhh"... I asked this because I had to literally buy one of my family members a toothbrush so that she could change the one she was using. I think she had the brush for more than a year and it looked really err... abused. Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every six months or even earlier if needed. I usually change mine after two or three months depending on how the brush looks like. So... when was the last time you changed your toothbrush?
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@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
I agree some people take that long before they notice that they need to replace their toothbrush. As for me I usually replace mine if I see that it doesn't look good anymore. Also worn out toothbrushes barely clean your teeth anymore and instead of doing you more good it won't do you any good anymore.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
True... instead of cleaning your teeth properly, you'll have higher risk of accumulating tartar and what have you on your teeth because the brush is too worn out. Urk.
• Canada
9 Sep 08
i had my present toothbrush 3 months ago. haha good to know. i think ive had 4 different toothbrushes since january coz i kind of lost the other 2.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Haha... Losing toothbrushes huh? At least the one you have is not too bad off.
@jaygee96 (316)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
I changed my toothbrush one month ago. If the dentist recommends that toothbrush should be change every six months, my toothbrush dont last that long.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
It's good to know that you just recently changed your tooth brush. Thanks for posting jaygee.
@nengs10 (3189)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
I changed mine just yesterday. The reason for that was my 1-week long toothbrush really has very hard bristles and my gums are already hurt. I frequently notice blood from my gums and teeth while using it. That's why I decided to change my toothbrush.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
aww... I hope the one that you're using now is better. You can tell on the label if they have soft bristles. You must have sensitive gums as well huh?
@sweety_81 (2129)
• India
9 Sep 08
Well; it has been quite some while - may be an year since I last changed my Toothbrush.Ideally;I should be changing it every 6-7 months as recommended by Dentists and as per what you have written here. However;I many times forget to do that . Regards Sweety_81
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
hi sweety... a year already? Gogogo and get that new toothbrush... Pwetty pwease?
• United States
9 Sep 08
OMG! did you say your family member used the same toothbrush for a year? I don't mean any harm but how disgusting is that? My dentist recommended that I change my toothbrush every three months or right after a cold, flu or any illness. So, that means if you get sick one day after purchasing your new toothbrush you still need to change it. If you can't afford another one at that time or you just don't want to spend the money so soon on another one, then I suggest sterilizing it by boiling it for about ten minutes that will kill the germs.
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• United States
9 Sep 08
I usually change my toothbrush every 3 months... 6 months for the electric toothbrush. I read an article before that they may not be visible in the eyes but a toothbrush is very dirty and has a lot of bacteria so it's better to change it regularly.
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@shymurl (2768)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I like to change mine about every two to three months as well. I've been at a place where I had to use the bathroom, and I went in there saw the toothbrush and got sick. it had brissels falling out and going every which way, and it was not a very good color either. its just habit for me to change my tooth brush and my childrens as well.
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@baileycows (3669)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I change mine every 6mths when I go to the dentist. I dont even buy them I just use the one that they give me. They are always pretty good.
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@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
9 Sep 08
Basically, whenever the old one goes through. The last one I had, and I always buy a softie, lasted a relatively short time before a good bit of hairs went missing. The one I have now looks like it will last a while. Its not too soft and it wears well.
@pitstop (5394)
• India
9 Sep 08
I changed mine about 1 month ago. I change it every 3-6 months. Dentists also say its better to change it after you have a throat or mouth infection
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Very true! That reminds me that we had a couple of patients who were married that we had to talk into using separate brushes. They were sharing one.EEEwwww!
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@pitstop (5394)
• India
9 Sep 08
So romantic ..... yet so unhygienic!
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
rarrrrr.... I know they might think it's a sweet thing to do.. but man, that's unhygienic.
@bugbaby (1788)
• Indonesia
9 Sep 08
my wife always change our tooth brush every month and she change about 2 weeks ago, she don't like see dirty tooth brush, so she change every month.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
It's a good thing you're wife is really vigilant in changing everyone's toothbrush. At least you won't have to worry about it getting worn out or stuff like that.
@my2boys (821)
• United States
9 Sep 08
The last time I changed my toothbrush was a few wekks ago. I am not sure exactly. Mayble about four weeks.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
that's good...
@divinchris (2449)
• India
9 Sep 08
I normally change my tooth brush every 2 or 3 months.Its good to change the brush often as old brushes won't help in make the teeth to appear white.Thank you
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
True. Plus if you want to make your teeth whiter, you have to use a good toothpaste (and of course, go to the dentist regularly.)
@orochi (318)
• Denmark
9 Sep 08
I think it was like 2-3 months ago but im not sure. And they have allways adviced us to change toothbrush every 1 month or something like that. But even i dont think it is much of a problem that we dont change our toothsbrush but we still need to do it so i is clean when we buy a new one otherwise i think it would be broken or we use a disgusting toothbrush
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
yup... you would really have to change the tooth brush if it looks bad already or like you said, broken.
@naka75 (797)
• Singapore
9 Sep 08
I use an electronic toothbrush and would change the brush head in about 3 months, because there is a color indicator asking me to change, which is also good because the brushes are already in bad shape, perhaps due to my regime of brushing. A new brush cleans so much better and we should really change when it is in bad shape.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
very true. There's a big difference between using a new brush and an old one. Does an electric toothbrush clean better than a normal one?
• India
9 Sep 08
yesturday i have chnaged my brush hahaha
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
@ivan2000bd (1010)
• Sweden
9 Sep 08
thanks buddy. you help me remember to change my tooth brush. i changed it 4 months ago. i badly need to change it . happy mylotting
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
you're welcome Ivan. Hope by this time you were able to have your tooth brush changed.
9 Sep 08
Well i changed mine about 2 weeks ago. I normally change my brush once in every 3 or 4 months. guess everyone follows the same routine... I like to try out different brands... Sometimes i have 2 brushes at the same time. 1 to brush in the morning and other to brush at night
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Cool... A different brush for morning and for night? It's good that a lot of people who've replied so far have been changing their toothbrush regularly...
@successlog (3172)
• China
9 Sep 08
hello friend,yep, it is a interesting question about daily life.And i know, tooth health is very important to us. and it effects our health a lot directly.For me, i change my last tooth brush last motnh.I have a habit to vhange a tooth brush once a month.I feel it is suitable and healthy to me.lol good luck to you
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
hehe.. thanks for the reply my friend... So 12 toothbrushes in a year? great.