How to Take Care of Your Toothbrush

 In Dental Hygiene

Most dental problems can be prevented by brushing your teeth two or three times each day with good technique (look out for that in another issue of our newsletter!) However, the condition of your toothbrush also determines how effectively you can do this. Here are a few tips to help you keep your toothbrush in tip-top condition for fighting bacteria, keeping your breath fresh, and ensuring your teeth and gums are healthy…

* You may have heard of the dangers of contaminating your toothbrush when you flush the toilet… When this happens, airborne germs can infect your toothbrush with fecal bacteria, so be sure to close the toilet lid before you flush! It’s also a good idea to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as you can, just in case…

* A more common issue, however, is the fact that bacteria and mold thrive in moisture, so it’s important to let your toothbrush dry thoroughly after you use it. If you put your toothbrush in a toothbrush holder that completely covers the head of the brush, make sure you leave it open so that air can pass through to dry it out.

* As the bristles on your toothbrush become worn and frayed they’ll become less effective at cleaning. You should replace your brush as soon as you see signs of wear and tear, or every 3 months – whichever is sooner. Most dentists recommend a soft-headed brush as these are good for removing plaque and debris from your mouth. It’s also a good idea to get a small-headed brush as these are better for reaching all parts of the mouth – especially the back teeth which can be difficult to clean.

If you ever have any questions about dental hygiene or treatments, let us know – we’re here to help!

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