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Health Tip: Replace Your Toothbrush

The autumnal equinox happened quietly on Sunday ushering in Fall. As the seasons change, so should your toothbrush.

The American Dental Association strongly suggests replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. With your brain filled with many important details, it might prove a bit difficult to remember when you bought your last toothbrush, which can make it equally difficult to buy a new one in a timely manner. So here is an easy mnemonic device to help you along. Change your toothbrush every time the seasons change and then you will be replacing the old one every three months, just like the ADA suggests.

Simple right?

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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm bad about changing mine. I always get a free one at the dentist every 6 months and I typically buy a new one every 3 months. Anyone know if it's really worth it to buy one of those pimped out toothbrushes with a lot of "features", or is it OK to just get a plain one?
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
I change my toothbrush every month! I'm also really uptight, though, when it comes to hygiene! :)
workofiction workofiction 9 years
I change my toothbrush when the bristles start looking scary.
sunshinevaness sunshinevaness 9 years
Thanks for reminding me!
almostloli almostloli 9 years
i change my toothbrush everytime the blue streaks (on the bristles) fade
syako syako 9 years
You know, I always wonder if we really need to change our toothbrushes that often or if the ADA has an interest in selling more toothbrushes... Just like I wonder if we really need to buy new mascara every six months, etc. We're basically suckers as consumers, I wish there was someway to know whether or not these things are actually necessary without having to depend on studies sponsored by Dentists.
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