You use your toothbrush to clean your teeth, but do you ever take the time to make sure that your toothbrush itself is clean?
Your toothbrush is a tool that you use to brush away the daily grime that builds up on your teeth throughout the hours that you are awake and asleep. However, not taking care of your toothbrush could mean that you are actually introducing more harm into your mouth than actual benefit. Here are tips for caring for your toothbrush so that it cares for you:
- Rinse your toothbrush after each use. Your toothbrush was designed to loosen plaque from the surfaces of the teeth as you brush. During this process, plaque will inevitably become trapped in the bristles of the toothbrush. By rinsing your toothbrush thoroughly under fast, running water after each use, you are helping to rinse away the plaque that lingers so that you are not putting it back inside your mouth the next time you use your toothbrush.
- Store your toothbrush upright and allow it to air out. Any moist environment is an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, and your toothbrush is no exception. Plaque is made up of millions of bacteria, and the plaque that lingers on your toothbrush will be full of bacteria. Storing your toothbrush in an upright position, uncovered allows your toothbrush to dry out quickly so that any lingering bacteria will not survive.
- Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. In bathrooms where there is not a door that separates the toilet from the rest of the room, it is essential that you intentionally place your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. With every flush, there is overspray. You do not want this overspray to land on your toothbrush. Enough said.
- Never share your toothbrush. Remember, your toothbrush removes bacteria-laden plaque from the mouth. If you share a toothbrush, you are allowing someone else’s bacteria to enter your mouth – which is gross, and can lead to sickness.
- Replace your toothbrush often. Even with thorough rinsing and airing out, your toothbrush will develop a buildup of bacteria over time. Replacing your toothbrush every 3-6 months helps to ensure that you are using a clean tool for cleaning your mouth.
- Replace your toothbrush after illness. Germs can linger for days on any surface – including your toothbrush. In order to prevent re-infection after an illness, it is vital that you replace your toothbrush.
At Pacific Sky Dental, we are here to promote optimal oral health from every angle. Call today to schedule an appointment – we will have a brand new toothbrush waiting for you!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental
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