How to Maintain Your Toothbrush
Brushing twice daily is essential for healthy teeth and gums, but along with taking care of your teeth, you also need to take care of your toothbrush. Your mouth is home to millions of oral bacteria. Each time you brush, you scrub away the bacteria-rich biofilm called plaque that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Taking good care of your toothbrush can help prevent bacteria-related illnesses.
These tips can help you keep your toothbrush in the best shape:
1. Rinse your toothbrush with tap water each time you brush. This flushes away toothpaste, debris, and bacteria. When your brush is clean, store it upright so that the bristles can air dry thoroughly before your next use. If you store your brush along with someone else’s, separate them to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
2. Do not cover your toothbrush. A toothbrush needs to be stored in an open container so that it can dry. Moisture promotes the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms.
3. Replace your toothbrush regularly. When your bristles start to look worn, bent, or frayed, they need to be replaced. Most people should replace their brushes about every three months. You also need to replace your toothbrush after an illness.
4. Finally, never share toothbrushes. This can lead to exchanging microorganisms and bodily fluids that can lead to illness or infection.
Call our office today to learn more about good dental hygiene practices, or to schedule your next dental cleaning.
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