If you stop and think about it for just a couple of minutes, your toothbrush does a lot of helpful work for you, yet you may not think much about how you should care for it. If you also stop to think that you put your toothbrush directly into your mouth twice a day – you may start thinking how important it is to take good care of your toothbrush!
REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH FOR DENTAL CARE
Your toothbrush was designed to clean your teeth and freshen your breath by loosening plaque from the teeth so that they can be expelled from the mouth when you rinse. However, for your toothbrush to be effective at cleaning your teeth, it must be clean. Here are some helpful tips for caring for your toothbrush:
- Rinse your toothbrush after every use. Remember, you use your toothbrush to brush away bacteria-laden plaque from your mouth, so plaque will inevitably be trapped on your toothbrush after you use it. Rinsing it under hard, running water will help to rinse the plaque away so that you are not putting it back into your mouth with the next use.
- Store your toothbrush upright and allow it to air out. Bacteria thrive in moist locations, so by keeping your toothbrush out in the open it will dry out quickly so that any remaining bacteria will not survive.
- Store your toothbrush away from the toilet! If you have a small bathroom (or your children do, or anyone else in your home does) splatter from a toilet can reach up to five feet, causing your toothbrush to come into contact with fecal matter and urine. Enough said.
- Never share your toothbrush. Each toothbrush removes plaque from each individual’s mouth. By using someone else’s toothbrush you are putting his or her plaque and germs inside your mouth.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months. There is a reason your dentist gives you a new toothbrush after every appointment – because it is important that you are using a clean toothbrush.
- Make sure you replace your toothbrush any time you are sick. Germs can linger on a toothbrush for days, re-infecting you after you have gotten over an illness.
At Definition Dental, we want to help you achieve optimal oral health through every avenue imaginable. Call today to schedule an appointment!