New school year, new toothbrush

School is just around the corner! Many children are getting ready with new clothes and school supplies, but what about a new toothbrush? A new toothbrush for the school year is an important item on the back-to-school checklist.

How often should you change your toothbrush?

The American Dental Association recommends you change toothbrushes every 3 months because frayed bristles don’t clean as well. Pairing a new toothbrush with important days may help you remember to change it. Try these for easy cues: back-to-school, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, school’s out.

Choosing the right toothbrush for your child is just as important as replacing an old toothbrush

Does toothbrush size or shape matter?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all toothbrush for children. The right size for your child varies by age, from infant to preteen. The shape and size of the toothbrush should allow it to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth. This allows them to reach all areas easily and safely. Most manufacturers provide age guidance on packaging to help your choice.

Should you clean your toothbrushes?

Toothbrushes should be kept clean. Rinse the toothbrush after every use, store it in an upright position and let it dry before using it again. Don’t store toothbrushes in closed containers. Bacteria like to grow in moist spaces.

New, clean toothbrushes mean clean teeth and clean teeth mean awesome smiles in those yearbook pictures.

While you’re at it, now’s a great time to book that back-to-school dentist appointment too!

Take care of your child’s toothbrush and their teeth this school year!

*Updated August 2023