When is it time to discard your tooth brush?

@dawnald (84133)
Shingle Springs, California
November 19, 2008 9:35am CST
Do you do it after a set period of time, like two weeks, a month, whatever? Or do you do it when the bristles start getting mashed? Or when it gets yucky with unwashed off toothpaste? This morning after I brushed my teeth I heard a licking noise, and there was Nancy, one of the kittens I'm fostering licking the moisture off my toothbrush. I submit that when it's been licked by your cat, it's time to get a new toothbrush!!!
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I'd say I get a new one every 3 months or so. I have 3 bathrooms and keep a toothbrush in each and since I never know which one I will be using. I keep a cap on my toothbrushes because I'm a freak like that LOL.
@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Nov 08
A cap, hmmm, now that would keep kittens from licking the bristles, wouldn't it?
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
19 Nov 08
Yes it would keep the cats from getting to the brissles. That or put a small dixie cup over the toothbrush.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Nov 08
Now that I know she's into that sort of thing, I just might!
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@diillu (5128)
19 Nov 08
Well, I have read it somewhere that it's time to change the tooth brush after using it for three months. So, if the toothbrush goes on fine without the accident like licked by a cat or damaged by my little puppies then I use my tooth brush for around 3 months. I don't use my toothbrush more than this time. I also think that it is healthy for the teeth as well as after the long use of toothbrush it does harm to teeth rather than advantages.
@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Nov 08
three months seems to be what everybody is saying!
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
19 Nov 08
They say that it is best to discard it in every three months. I usually will do this. But, if the bristles are getting worned out, or the tooth brush has an foul smell then I will get rid of it.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Nov 08
I have no idea on the time, just when it looks like it needs to go, it goes. But kitten spit changes everything!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
19 Nov 08
That would be the right time for me too! Actually, I worked for many years as a dental assistant. You should get a new toothbrush about every 3-6 months. My dentist gives us new ones at our 2xyear checkups and cleanings. I rarely buy a new one in between. If you've recently had a bad cold or flu, you may want a new one so that you will not reinfect yourself. Always purchase a soft toothbrush. Anything harder than that will cause you to damage your enamel. If your toothbrush bristles begin to looked mashed, you are brushing way too hard. It is not necessary to brush hard. You need only brush thoroughly, brushing every surface of the teeth. It is possible to brush a groove in the side of your teeth by brushing too hard. I've seen fillings placed where this has happened. This is also a major cause of tooth sensitivity. One more thing, always store your toothbrush farther than 5 feet away from your toilet. It's been proven under special lighting that when the lid is not closed, most toilets will spray about 5 feet all around your bathroom. YUCK!
@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Nov 08
Yuck, that's worse than kitten spit!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
19 Nov 08
Makes me think about everything else that's getting sprayed too! Ewww!
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Nov 08
eeewwwww...........
@karubod (603)
• India
22 Dec 08
Well...its good to change tooth brush every 2 months.some people use trhem till the bristles are chewed and ugly...some brushes have indicators , showing when to change the brush.i think its better to follow that.otherwise well have to pay for dentist bills.....
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Dec 08
We have to pay for dentist bills anyway! :-)
@Ganesh44 (5547)
• India
26 Nov 08
I discard it as soon as its brissels gets tilted a bit . Happy Mylotting Take Care Ganesh
@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Dec 08
Usually I do too!
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
26 Nov 08
I would say that this would be an opportune time to replace that tooth brush. My dentist told me that you should replace it every three months. I rarely change it that often. I think some of it is that tooth brush companies just want to sell more. If it ain't broke, why fix it.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Nov 08
Oh well I have a toothbrush to clean tiles with now. :-)
@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
20 Nov 08
If I understood right you are suppose to replace a toothbrush every three months. Lol...yeppers!! It is time to get a new toothbrush when someone else uses or lick sit. Makes you wonder how many more time it has happen and you never noticed. Sounds like you need to place the toothbrush in another are ateh kitty can't get to it. Or buy or of those toothbrush covers. That just covers the part with the bristles.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Nov 08
This morning I put the new one bristle end down in my cup and the little monster was trying to get it out of there. Yep, I need a cover!
@yuna15 (2707)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
Hahaha...I would definitely change my tootbrush if it's licked by a cat even if it's just 2-3 weeks old. But we can probably resolve that. Just put the toothbrush in boiled water to sterilize it a little bit. I haven't ever tried that though hahaha! According to the dentists we should change it every three months so that's what I usually to.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Nov 08
Actually not a bad idea although I did need an old toothbrush to do some cleaning so maybe I will replace it anyway! Then again, the kids have more than enough old crappy ones that I can probably use one of those.