When Should I Get Rid Of My Toothbrush?

Toothbrushes don’t last forever. They have an expiration date and for good reason.


A damaged or outdated toothbrush can lead to a number of issues. Some of which include insufficient cleanings, bacteria growth, and injury inside your mouth.

Here’s what you should know about replacing your toothbrush:

#1 General Timeframe

Toothbrushes typically last approximately 3 to 4 months.

#2 Discoloration

If you see any discoloration on the toothbrush, trash it. Toothbrushes are not immune to mold and bacteria growth.

Pro tip—it helps to keep your toothbrush in the open air to help prevent the growth of bacteria when it’s wet.

#3 Bent or Broken

Replace your toothbrush if you see or feel any bends or breaks, as these could potentially cause cuts to your mouth and gums.

#4 Fraying

If the bristles are frayed, your toothbrush will no longer be effective. Time for a new toothbrush.

(Source: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/brushing-teeth-mistakes#1)

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