Your toothbrush is a tool you use at least twice a day, if not more, and it is important to keep it in tip-top shape. Your brush has the potential to harbor bacteria and viruses if you do not properly care for your brush, and we are here to help you care for your oral health by keeping your toothbrush in the best and cleanest condition possible—and you can do so by doing the following:
Keep your brush clean
After you brush your teeth every morning and every night, thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with warm tap water to remove toothpaste and debris. If you have been sick, you may want to soak the brush in antibacterial mouthwash or put it through the dishwasher. To deeply clean your brush, use toothbrush sanitizer or an ultraviolet light to kill the bacteria and microorganisms.
Store your brush properly
When you are done brushing your teeth, store your brush in an upright position in a cup or toothbrush holder and let it dry out. It is important to let your toothbrush dry between each use. If you decide to use a toothbrush cover, make sure you use one that allows air to circulate through. If the cover is completely sealed, the brush will not dry and it will create mold and foster bacteria.
Know when to call it quits
Dentists today strongly recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when the bristles begin to wear. It is also wise to use a new toothbrush after you have been sick. These tips apply to both manual and electric toothbrushes.
Do not share
Please do not share your toothbrush with someone else, even if they are family. If you share your brush, saliva and bacteria can transfer, which can create tooth decay and disease.
If you would like to learn more about caring for your toothbrush, call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you have the best tools for your oral health!