If you keep up with your oral hygiene routine, your toothbrush is used at least two times a day, which can be very hard on the brush if you don’t take good care of it. But we are here to help you keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, and we are happy to do so by providing the following tips:
• Keep your toothbrush clean: After you brush your teeth, rinse your brush in warm, clean tap water and wash the toothpaste and debris off the bristles. If you are interested in deeply cleaning your brush, you can use an ultraviolet light or toothbrush sanitizer. If you have been sick and you need to eliminate the germs and bacteria that have accumulated on your brush, you can soak it in antibacterial mouthwash or you can run it through the dishwasher.
• Properly store your toothbrush: Once you are finished brushing your teeth and rinsing your brush, place your brush in an upright position in a cup or toothbrush holder and let it dry in the open air. If you use a toothbrush cover, please use a cover that allows air to circulate through so it can dry the bristles. If you use a cover that is completely sealed, the bristles will begin to get moldy and they will harbor bacteria.
• Know the right time to get a new brush: It is generally recommended to replace your toothbrush after 3-4 months of use. This is important because the brush no longer provides a thorough cleaning job once the bristles are worn down. It is also important to get a new brush after you have been sick. These tips apply to both manual and electric toothbrushes.
• Do not share your toothbrush: Please do not ever share your toothbrush, even with family members. If you do, bacteria and saliva transfer over and create tooth decay.
For more tips and tricks to caring for your toothbrush, call our office today and talk to our friendly and welcoming dental team. We look forward to helping you reach your oral health goals with the best and cleanest toothbrush possible!