Your toothbrush works hard. Twice a day, your toothbrush is clearing away food debris, scrubbing plaque and eliminating millions of bacteria from your teeth and gums. Without your toothbrush, your oral health becomes significantly vulnerable to issues like stains, bad breath, cavities, gum disease and tooth loss.
Are you giving your toothbrush the attention it needs? A toothbrush is only effective if it remains germ-free and in good condition. Here are some things you need to do to care for your toothbrush so that it can care for you!
#1 Clean Your Brush Regularly
Beyond rinsing your toothbrush under water after you finish brushing, consider giving it a deeper cleaning on a periodic basis (especially if you’ve just battled a cold or flu). This can be done by boiling the bristles for a few minutes or soaking your brush in mouthwash.
#2 Store Your Brush Properly
Did you know that your toothbrush should be stored at least six feet away from your toilet? Airborne bacteria can travel to your bristles in shorter distances. The best way to store your toothbrush is upright and at a safe distance from your toilet. Avoid capping your toothbrush head, as this only locks in dark moisture to breed bacteria.
#3 Replace Your Brush Periodically
Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric one, the bristles won’t last forever. As mentioned before, they do the hard job of scrubbing your pearly whites twice a day, so it is understandable when your toothbrush reaches the end of its lifespan. Replace your brush every 3 months, after a sickness or when the bristles look frayed, bent or worn.
For more tips on caring for your toothbrush and your smile in between dental visits, contact Dr. Wayne Suway. A healthy mouth and beautiful smile always starts at home!