Your toothbrush is the foundation of tooth care. It removes tartar and germs to keep your smile beautiful and your teeth healthy. It is imperative to practice toothbrush care in order to promote the proper oral hygiene. You should replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months or when the bristles become damaged or flatten out with use.
It is suggested that your children’s toothbrush be replaced more often than 3 months. It is extremely important to ensure your toothbrush is sanitized the proper way and stored in a way to limit the exposure of germs and other contaminants. The proper toothbrush care and visits with Dr. Liggett will keep your smile beautiful for years to come.
The Proper Care of Your Toothbrush
Scientists have found that your toothbrush can attract germs that may transfer into your mouth. The toothbrush is typically stored on the sink in the bathroom where bacteria and microbes are present so you should always clean it with hot water before applying your toothpaste. It is equally important to clean your toothbrush after use as well, so you can remove the germs it collected from your mouth during brushing.
The mouth is full of microorganisms that can cross contaminate other toothbrushes if they are stored in the same place. Once you buy a new toothbrush, it is important to clean it well before use. They can contain bacteria straight out of the package because the manufacturers are not required to put them in a sterile package at the factory. After you properly clean your toothbrush, be sure to stand it upright so it will dry easier. Bacteria are less likely to survive when your bristles are clean. Rinsing and drying your toothbrush are the two most important factors in keeping it germ free.
Store your toothbrush away from the toilet so you can protect it from airborne germs. It is also wise to keep it away from the sink when it is not in use. When you are packing up your toothbrush for a trip, make sure it is dry and keep it in a clean container. There are many options you can pick up from the store that are designed to cover the head of your toothbrush. It is also a good idea to buy your toothbrushes, two at a time, so you can replace your old one as soon as it is needed.
The Benefits of a Good Toothbrush
It is easy to take proper care of your toothbrush, but it is often overlooked. As a general rule, it is a good idea to replace your toothbrush as soon as it shows wear. Here at River Valley Smile Center, we focus on keeping your teeth looking great and staying healthy. The proper toothbrush care at home is vital to your dental care. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have during your next appointment with us.