How often do you change your toothbrush?

@chrislotz (8200)
Canada
June 5, 2008 9:18am CST
I just moved and decided I want to replace all of my old stuff, like my toothbrush. So I went out shopping and was amazed at how many different kinds of toothbrushes there are on the market. To me they are all pretty much the same, they all brush our teeth, so I just bought one that was middle price range. I bought a medium brush instead of the hard ones I used to always buy. And to my surprise I like it better, not so hard on the gums. I only paid about $3.00 for it so I thought even if I didn't like it, no big deal, it was cheap. I don't have an electric one either, but I may try one one of these days.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Jul 08
I use a normal Oral B toothbrush and I usually replace them once every 2 months. A good indicator is when the toothbrush starts to fray. This means that we have to replace it as frayed toothbrush does not clean our teeth as effectively. I never use the electric one too. If you use the electric one, you just need to replace the brush. You do not have to replace the whole device.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
$3 for a toothbrush?? wow. that's almost thrice the price of the toothbrush i usually buy. and that's medium brush too. and middle price range too. its amazing how prices are different in different place. ^__^;; i usually replace my toothbrush after three months of use, just like the dentist recommends. but sometime i replace it earlier depending if its already worn out or if i don't like it anymore. ^__~ i think the brush also matters on its effectiveness in cleaning the teeth. i mean, if the brush is made in a way that it can reach the in-between of teeth, then i guess its better. but before, my dentist said that it doesn't matter how the toothbrush looks. it depends on the way you brush your teeth and on the toothpaste you are using. she said its better to brush the teeth and gums softly and thoroughly, even the insides of the teeth, and also the tongue. and there are toothpastes that only stings giving you the feeling that your mouth is clean but actually is not. she recommended me a toothpaste that cares for my gums too.
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@Liasonfan (1702)
• Canada
10 Jun 08
Well for awhile there, I was getting all my toothbrushes when I visited my orthodontist and my dentist. At least 1 or 2 new ones per month. Yep, a middle aged woman with braces on her teeth, lol! Now the braces have come off and I only see my dentist every 3-6 months. I needed to actually start buying my toothbrushes again, oh no! Now I try to pick uo a new one at the grocery story once a month or so. I tried the ones that clean the teeth, gums and tongue. The are actually pretty cool and leave the whole mouth feeling alot cleaner amd osm't that after all---the point? Happy brushing!
• Indonesia
9 Jun 08
We would always have toothbrush change several times during the year. Usually we would pick up either the medium brush or even soft one, as sometimes our gums would become more sensitive for some times. We have never picked up the hard ones for recent years, because back then the hard ones would hurt our gums. But I noticed that the toothbrushes were not all the same, when I just observed the kinds of the brushes. Have you ever noticed the length or the way they arranged the brushes? I meant, in my area, there were zigzag ordered ones, the common ones, there were also some of them having certain rubbers in the middle of the brush, and I wonder about the different effects for cleaning our teeth.
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@longbangod (1791)
• Philippines
5 Jun 08
According to the dentist, we have to change our toothbrush every 3 months. And there are also toothbrush that has a marker in it, if the color reach the line for example we have to change it. I think I don't follow the dentist, sometimes I change my toothbrush in more than 3 months, though used to have two, one at home and 1 at the office.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I replace my toothbrush at the first of every month. I buy the medium also. I used to have an electric toothbrush, but I ended up throwing it away. It took up way too much room on my bathroom counter and it costed way too much for replacement heads.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
5 Jun 08
I hear you, expensive. I clean houses for a living and I see that most of my clients have electric tooth brushes on their bathroom counters but most of them look like they are used because they also have the normal ones, too.
@cream97 (29164)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I try to change it every three months. I always will buy one before this time comes, so that I will have one when I decide to change it.
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
9 Jun 08
Hello dear chrislotz. It depends on how well my toothbrush is so far as time is concerned. It is still in very good condition, I will still use it even if it has been used for a long time. Thank you for your discussion.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
5 Jun 08
I have an electric toothbrush that I dont use all the time. I use my regular one more. I like to get a new one every couple of months.