Someone explain toothbrush replacement theory to me because I don’t understand economics.

I’ve noticed that on the back of toothbrush packages, it usually says that dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months.

I find that nasty. That’s only four new toothbrushes a year.

I feel like here’s where sensible economic greed should enter the picture.

Considering the nastiness of not replacing it at least once a month, doesn’t it make more sense to recommend changing it often?

To me, that’s an easy win to make more money.

Even if it weren’t nasty, wouldn’t it make sense to tell people it is, preying on their self-esteem, to get them to buy more?.

It’s such low-hanging fruit.

Someone help me out here, I do not understand making money, I’m in horrible debt, and I went to a bad college.

42 thoughts on “Someone explain toothbrush replacement theory to me because I don’t understand economics.

  1. You make a valid point for changing it monthly. But I guess 3 months is because then it loses effectiveness- but you know this. In terms of hygiene I assume everyone throughly washes theirs every use and let’s the dry properly πŸ˜‘

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  2. I like this idea of telling people to change their β€œteethbrush” often. And asking them to pay. πŸ˜‚ I change mine frequently by the way. As frequently as β€œthat’s too often”. And my dentist gives customised brushing instructions every time I visit the clinic. Not a bad deal.

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  3. Hmmm, you make a great point. I’m feeling good that I changed my brush recently, since I often go too long. Ew.

    Perhaps you could put an amazon affiliate link of some kind in your post to toothbrushes? Then when it’s new brush time you can make a few cents. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Lives in Stone. I’m glad you changed it. Maybe I need some company to sponsor me for toothbrushes πŸ€” I like your business sense. Perhaps I’ll livestream on Twitch brushing for eight hours.

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      1. Hey there! Lol. Thanks! I looked a bit at the Amazon thing for my blog, since I do a lot of book and movie reviews and whatnot and it seems easy to sign up, post a link and start making a wee bit of money, but I’ve just been too lazy to go any farther. Maybe I should take my own advice. Agreed that sponsorship would probably pay better though!

        Ha! That would probably work, there’s a niche for everything now a days. The internet is weird place, but there’s always possibilities. Spreading good hygiene and making money seems like a win-win, eventually somebody’s gonna do it. lol

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          1. Me too. I think it probably is worth investigating some more. I could always use some extra cash. No risk, no reward, as the saying goes…or something like that. Should I manage to apply I’ll let you know if I can get a windfall. πŸ™‚

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  4. Replace them? They don’t go bad, just get rolled over a bit. And you sterilize yours right? With whiskey? Take a shot, brush, swallow. Early Times fresh.

    Since when did college have to do with success?

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  5. I’m with you… as long as your teethbrushes are made of bamboo. If they’re made of plastic, well, then I’m not with you. There’s enough trash on this planet as there is without adding to it.

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  6. I only replace mine when the bristles are knackered. I leave it in a fresh lemon and bicarbonate of soda bath each night to keep it clean and sterile. For me toothbrushes are plastic and harmful to the environment so I’ll reuse as much as I can until I really cant anymore.

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    1. Maybe start airing commercials on television showing someone brushing their teeth with the new “iBrush” (or whatever) and then throwing it in the trash can. Then cut to a shot of happy, breeching whales.

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