The most powerful weapon in your healthy-mouth arsenal is your toothbrush. So it makes sense that proper care and maintenance for your toothbrush is important to your oral health. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, more often if the bristles become frayed or worn. A worn toothbrush can’t clean effectively. (Side note: if the bristles on your toothbrush start looking frayed or bent in less than three or four months, you are most likely brushing too hard!)
- It may be a good idea to replace your toothbrush if you’ve been sick. Bacteria or cold and flu viruses can remain embedded in the toothbrush bristles and lead to re-infection. Recent studies have shown that this may not be of high concern, but it’s still a safe bet to switch to a fresh brush once you’ve recovered.
- Rinse the toothbrush thoroughly with tap water after each use to remove any toothpaste and particles.
- Store your toothbrush upright and allow it to air-dry. Keep toothbrushes separated so that germs are not transferred from one brush to another.
- Don’t share toothbrushes with others. Everyone should have their own toothbrush.
- Avoid covering or storing toothbrushes in closed containers. The trapped moisture can invite the growth of bacteria.
- It may be a good idea to store your toothbrush at least 6 feet away from the toilet. Flushing actually splashes bacteria out into the air and it can travel several feet, potentially landing on your toothbrush!
We love all kinds of toothbrushes at Mall of Georgia Dentistry… whether manual or electric, both are capable effectively cleaning your teeth. Along with floss and regular dental visits, your toothbrush is essential to good oral health. If you have any specific questions about how take care of your toothbrush or what kind of toothbrush might best suit you, give our office a call!