One of the most important instruments in your daily oral health care regimen is your toothbrush. But believe it or not, you can hang on to your toothbrush for too long.
Proper toothbrush care is important to your oral health. Because a worn tooth- brush is less effective in cleaning, the American Dental Association recom- mends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Children’s toothbrushes often need to be replaced more frequently.
Why every three months or so you ask? Because bacteria, like cold and flu viruses can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles and lead to re-infection. Rule of thumb, if you’ve been sick, you likely need to change your toothbrush.
Here are some “do’s and don’ts” concerning your tooth brush:
-don’t share toothbrushes
-thoroughly rinse the toothbrush with tap water after use to remove any toothpaste and debris
-store the toothbrush in an upright position if possible and allow it to air-dry. When storing more than one brush, keep them separated so that germs are not transferred from one brush to another.
-don’t routinely cover or store toothbrushes in closed containers. A moist environment helps the growth of most germs
-keep it away from the toilet – Each time you flush the toilet, a spray of bacteria shoots out and into the air. You don’t want the toilet spray anywhere near your unprotected brush
Keeping a healthy toothbrush is a key to good oral health and your overall health as well. If you have any questions about the care of your toothbrush, don’t hesitate to call us.