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When Should I Replace My Toothbrush? Kids Edition

By Dr. Peter Markov, Owner and Kids Dentist at VK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington, VA

Kids Electric Toothbrush

Your child's first line of defense against bacteria, gum disease, bad breath and tooth decay is their toothbrush! The American Dental Association suggests that you replace your kids toothbrush every three months. If your child has been sick, shared their toothbrush with anyone or if the bristles are looking frayed, toss it! A life hack if you don't remember when you last changed your child's brush is check the color of the bristles. If they are starting to fade, it usually means it's time for a new brush. Although it doesn't seem like a big deal, there are many risk factors with letting your child use their toothbrush beyond its lifespan. Some include an increase in plaque buildup, increase risk of tooth decay and even gum disease.

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