Do you prefer an electric toothbrush? You’re not alone. A 2017 study found that nearly one-third of people use them, and often, dentists recommend electric toothbrushes to those with gum recession, unique mouth shapes, and a habit of brushing too hard. Regardless of your brush preference, bristles wear at the same rate – which means you should be changing out those electric toothbrush heads every three months. Need help staying on top of it? Here’s a handy guide:
Keep Yourself Accountable
Don’t forget to change your toothbrush head! Some ideas to help you remember:
- Put it on the calendar: Whether paper or electronic, set a reccurring event of “Change toothbrush head.” Consider making it the first of the month or the beginning of each season.
- Note to self: Place a note in your bathroom with the date you last replaced your brush head. Make it a commonly frequented location like the medicine cabinet, so you can’t miss it at the three-month mark.
- Sign up for a subscription service: Subscription services are breaking into every industry, even oral health. These services will send you (and your family) a new toothbrush head every three months.
Know the Mechanics
So, how exactly do you change out your toothbrush’s head? Each model is different, but generally follows a similar process. To remove, snap or pull off the brush head from the handle. To apply a new brush head, slide it in at the same angle as the removal.
Your electric toothbrush should also include directions in the packaging. Keep the instructions in the bathroom or snap a picture to easily check on your phone.
Treat Your Mouth Well
Why is it important to change out electric toothbrush heads every three months? Just like other products that are used on a daily basis, toothbrush heads wear down over time. In this case, however, worn brush heads become abrasive, and can actually damage your gums.
Toothbrush heads also provide the perfect environment for germs. They’re wet and exposed to countless bacteria each day, both from your mouth and their likely location in the bathroom. Changing out the brush head regularly helps keep them clean.
Lastly, worn brush heads simply won’t clean your teeth as well as fresh ones, even when paired with an electric toothbrush. The bristles become splayed after use, meaning your brush won’t be operating at its full potential.
If you’re considering switching to an electric toothbrush, consult your dentist and check reviews to find the best option for you. In most cases, you shouldn’t need to break the bank to get a quality toothbrush. And remember—change those toothbrush heads regularly!