Should I change my toothbrush..

Toothbrush - Toothbrushes for cleaning teeth, Oral care, use with toothpaste and clean teeth at least twice daily.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
May 25, 2010 7:11am CST
Hi all, I have just seen a report published by a dentist advising people to change there toothbrush every month. I have had my toothbrush for around six months and it works perfectly well for me. Should we always follow advice, or believe everything we read.
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22 responses
• China
25 May 10
Oh,your toothbrush must be good in quality.My toothbrush always can't be use after two months. I also heard that if the toothbrush be used for a long time,it will be full of bacillus. But I think sometimes query spirit is also need.
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@HADDOWZ (1481)
25 May 10
Hi, What is bacillus, I guess it is some kind of germ . Yuk, why give germs such horrible names.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
25 May 10
Hello friend. Like you, I have also used my toothbruth for half a year and it is still in good condition. I am going to use it for some more time before I change it for a new one. I have often read that it is better for a toothbrush to be renewed. It is said to be good for our teeth. But so long as mine works well, I will keep on using it. lol
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• United States
25 May 10
Don't know that you need to replace your toothbrush every month but at least once a quarter is what I have always heard. The reasoning for this is that after a period of time the bristles start to break down and are no longer effective at scrubbing your teeth. Now some dentist may recommend monthly changing of your toothbrush to prevent bacteria from growing on it. Not real sure. But if this is ever a concern for you, you can dip your toothbrush in baking soda. This will help keep it clean.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
25 May 10
My dentist always advised changing my toothbrush every quarter also. I think it was just his way in making me buy a new one from his surgery everytime I visited. A good salesman I think, you cant disagree when the dentist has a drill in your mouth
@oldchem1 (8144)
25 May 10
'you cant disagree when the dentist has a drill in your mouth' Love it !!
• United States
25 May 10
Well you could, but you would have to be one brave soul. Don't think it is up to me to disagree with him though.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
31 May 10
Well I try to change my toothbrush every 3 months but when they are still in good condition I can't see throwing them away. So what I do is soak it in some Hydrogen Peroxide it will kill any lingering germs.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
31 May 10
Hydrogen Peroxide - Hydrogen Peroxide can be used for whitening teeth.
Is hydrogen peroxide not used for whitening teeth ? Sounds like a strong chemical to me. Hope you rinse the toothbrush bristles out well before using it again. Take care, happy brushing..
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
1 Jun 10
Yes the toothbrush is rinse really good but Hydrogen Peroxide is not going to kill you. After all its probably in the tooth whitening toothpaste. Some people actually use hydrogen peroxide to clean their teeth. It's not going to kill you.
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@HADDOWZ (1481)
1 Jun 10
To create your own at home teeth whitening solution, a popular method I have found is to combine baking soda (which you can find at any supermarket), with hydrogen peroxide to form a thick paste like consistency. You can also add some mint flavored toothpaste which will make the solution more pleasant to brush with, as well as a little table salt for extra exfoliation. It is very important that this mixture is not ingested, but should be used in place of regular toothpaste once or twice a week. For added whitening benefits, you can also rinse your mouth after brushing with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening is considered to be safe and effective. However, be sure to read all safety labels and do not ingest or swallow your tooth whitening products
• United States
26 May 10
I don't think it's necessary. They say to throw them out after you've had a cold but all you need to do is soak the bristles in white vinegar and rinse well and no problem. We only buy a ton of them here because my kids don't know how to put anything back where it belongs. So I buy ours at the dollar store in a 5+ pack.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
27 May 10
A toothbrush is a toothbrush, no matter how much it costs. Unless it has an ivory handle, then it's bling
• United States
27 May 10
I'm sure there's one out there with such an extravagant handle. You never know what the rich come up with to waste their money on.
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
25 May 10
Yeah I usually try and change my tooth brush every two months unless I forget, they say that if we use the same toothbrush for too long the brush loses its strength, and dosent work that well at removing plaque and all that. so yes listen to this report because its true.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
25 May 10
I thought you left your teeth in a glass of water next to your bed. ONLY JOKING......
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
25 May 10
WHAT LOL Hahaha thats sooo wrong, but funny seems like one of my jokes. Well so far I still have all my original teeth and I've never been to a dentist before, though I know should go and will have to go someday but for now my teeth are in pretty good shape I've been told that I have a nice smile, my teeth are still pretty white so I guess I must be doing somthing right lol.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
25 May 10
Just a way for them to make money! WE only buy new ones when they are all broke down and not doing what they are to do
@HADDOWZ (1481)
25 May 10
Money talks I guess..
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
25 May 10
yup
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
I think its every three months... One month is very short. Some dentists advice to change the toothbrush every three months really for hygenic purposes... Yes it might be working the same as we think but some bacterias are starting to form on it. I believe we all must do that, just the same as changing of clothes and illimating some old ones...
@HADDOWZ (1481)
10 Jun 10
Clean daily. - This toothbrush seems to be working fine for me. Who really knows when to change a toothbrush ? If it works , it works.
I have also been told that if you look at the back of your toothbrush and can see the bristles sticking out from the left and right, then that's when to change your brush. Mine seems ok though.
• India
27 May 10
Six months with a tooth brush ? are you serious? lol I am not sure how it could work perfectly well ! I change mine every month or a little longer than that.Once the bristles loose their firmness there is no point in using it because they do only 25% of their job in cleaning our teeth...Since we have no complete knowledge about dental health it may be wiser to follow your dentist's advice.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
27 May 10
Six months old and the bristles are still pointing in the right direction. My teeth and mouth feel clean after brushing, but maybe not germ free. I will invest in some mouthwash, I think. And stick with my good old toothbrush.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
25 May 10
Hi, HADDOWZ. Every month?? I thought that it was supposed to be for every three months?? I wonder if the American Dental Association consented to this change. If so, I will follow this advice. I do follow advice especially when it comes from someone that is professional and know what they are talking about.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
25 May 10
Hello, But I guess my question really is, how much are these so-called professionals being paid by the multi-national companies to write these reports and give advice. Your average person is no expert, so are they expected to just believ everything that is told to them. I dont know the answer. Have a smiley day....
• United States
25 May 10
Like you my tooth brush is doing fine. I change my daughters often because she always asks me too. But,I don't find anything wrong with mine. If its not broke don't fix it. Keep your brush
@HADDOWZ (1481)
25 May 10
I think I will save my money and stick with old faithful for now
@evepin (723)
• Philippines
25 May 10
if you see that the bristles are not as firm as they are or are pointing in different directions then maybe its time is up and you have to replace it! i read somewhere or heard from my dentist, i dont remember exactly, that toothbrushes should be replaced every 2-3 months. cheers and happy myLotting!
@HADDOWZ (1481)
25 May 10
Hi, It is usually printed on the back of the toothbrush box to replace it every 2 months, but again, I think this is only trying to make you buy more and spend more money. Oh well. HaVe FuN..
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
25 May 10
I think they doing some sorts of promotion...."Brush-A-Month" toothbrushes he..he.. have a nice day/night...
@HADDOWZ (1481)
25 May 10
Well, that would not be of any surprise at all,
• Philippines
27 May 10
Well the dentist advice us to change our toothbrush so that the quality of toothbrush to wash the germs in our mouth and teeth should be 99% with mouthwash. If you haven't change your toothbrush for quite a long time you need now because you don't know if you receive a good service coming out of it. maybe the deep seated dirt where not clean by it since it is a six months used brush. Personally I do follow this one. I do buy toothbrush after a month to clean my mouth and teeth.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 May 10
When the bristles start looking a little mashed, I change it... And no, question authority, check references, verify verify verify...
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
26 May 10
Sweetie, i change my toothbrush every third month. Whether it still looks good or not. It makes me feel better. TATA.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
26 May 10
I dont think I would necessarily change a toothbrush every month but maybe every three months as they get worn and could hurt your gums so get a new one before yours gets ratty.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
26 May 10
I don't know as I really buy into that one. I do change my toothbrush about every 3 months or so depending on how worn it gets. I don't see myself changing it every month. Sounds like a toothbrush promotion.
@GemmaR (8526)
25 May 10
Think about the amount of bacteria that must collect on your toothbrush every time you use it! Also, if you keep yours in the bathroom, every single time you flush your toilet, particles of whatever is in your toilet (not nice, I know!) are going into the air and landing on everything, including that toothbrush which you will be putting into your mouth! I wouldn't change mine every month- maybe every two months- but I know that I could not leave it six months without changing mine, as I use it vigourously and it wears out before that point anyway.
@jpso138 (7869)
• Philippines
25 May 10
I do not change my tootbrush every month. It depends when I feel that its not effectively working anymore. That is the time that I change them. I think they advise us to change every month simply because its business.