Several months ago, HomeTown Dental wrote a blog about choosing the right toothbrush for you, and now we’re going to provide you with a few more toothbrush tips about the basics of proper toothbrush care. You may not even think about it, but improper toothbrush care can actually lead to a decrease in your overall dental health.
One Toothbrush Per Smile
This is toothbrush care 101, but you should never share a toothbrush! Sharing a toothbrush can result in the exchange of bodily fluids and microorganisms between the users. While some may think that it is okay when being done with your spouse or significant other, it makes no difference. It’s unhygienic and is a very easy way to spread harmful bacteria that could lead to one user getting sick or developing a dental health issue.
Thoroughly Rinse Toothbrush After Each Use
While this should be common practice among all toothbrush users, you want to make sure that you thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after each use. By rinsing your toothbrush, you’re not only getting off all that used toothpaste, but you’re also washing away all the debris and a lot of the harmful bacteria that you just got off your teeth and out of your mouth.
Give Your Toothbrush Room to Breathe
When traveling, many of us use toothbrush covers that keep our toothbrush bristles protected. However, using these sort of closed containers regularly, could significantly shorten the lifespan of your toothbrush and increase the likelihood of microorganisms growing on your toothbrush. For a long-term toothbrush storage solution, you can use a cup or toothbrush holder that will keep your toothbrush upright and in open air so that it can properly dry.
Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Toothbrush
Even with all the best toothbrush care in the world, you’ll still be best off if you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. The main indicators of when you should replace your toothbrush is to look for when the bristles have frayed or if the colored bristles have started to fade to white. However, even if you don’t see either of those signs, it’s still best practices to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
We hope these basic toothbrush care tips will help you and your family keep your toothbrushes clean and hygienic. If you have more questions pertaining to your toothbrush or just general dental health, schedule an appointment with your local HomeTown Dental to have all your questions answered in person by one of our friendly family dentists.
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