Ask the Experts- December 2017

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: December 13, 2017

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

I know you deal with teeth at menopause so I hope my question doesn’t seem odd.  I want to know how often I need to change my toothbrush.  Should I wait until it’s worn down to the bristles?  Thanks for your help.


Dear Rebecca,

According the American Dental Association, they suggest you throw your toothbrush away every three to four months.  As the bristles fray, harmful microbes may collect and these can cause an upsurge in your getting sick.  The bacteria that live in your mouth and collects on your toothbrush can also cause cavities and gum disease.  So, to answer your question, toss out that toothbrush before it gets worn down.

Hope this is of help to you.