You put your toothbrush inside your mouth at least twice a day, right? You expect it to clean your teeth in order to promote optimal oral health because brushing your teeth is essential. However, how much thought do you actually give to your toothbrush? If you cannot remember the last time you cleaned or replaced your toothbrush, it is time to start paying attention. Your toothbrush can only clean your teeth if it is a clean tool itself.
Below are tips for caring for your toothbrush so that it cares for you:
- Rinse your toothbrush well after every use. While you brush your teeth, your toothbrush is loosening and removing bacteria-laden plaque and food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. Some of this debris inevitably becomes trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush. Rinsing your toothbrush well after each use under fast, running water will help to wash away most of what is trapped on your toothbrush so that you do not put it back inside your mouth with the next use.
- Keep your toothbrush upright and uncovered. All bacteria thrive in moist environments, and oral bacteria is no exception. After rinsing your toothbrush, store it in an upright position and keep it uncovered so that it dries out as quickly as possible. If you must cover your toothbrush for travel, wait until it is completely dry before packing.
- Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. In bathrooms without a door to separate the toilet from the rest of the room, it is essential that you pay attention to where you store your toothbrush. With every flush of a toilet there is overspray that enters the air. This overspray contains urine and fecal matter, and it will land on anything that is in its path. Make sure it’s not your toothbrush!
- Do not share your toothbrush. Remember, your toothbrush removes bacteria, plaque, and debris from your mouth – and it does the same for everyone else. If you share your toothbrush with another person, you are simply putting their bacteria, plaque, and food particles into your own mouth. Gross.
- Replace your toothbrush often. There is good reason why you receive a new toothbrush at every dental visit. Your dentist understands how important it is to use a clean tool to clean your mouth. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3-6 months.
- Replace your toothbrush after illness. Germs can linger for a week or longer on any surface. If you have had a cold, the flu, strep, a stomach bug, or any other illness, it is important that you replace your toothbrush in order to avoid re-infecting yourself.
At Prime Dental Care, we want you to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Call today to schedule an appointment. We will have a new toothbrush waiting for you when you get here!
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540