Let’s face it. You established your tooth brushing habits many years ago, and you are likely still following them now. Besides using a fluoride toothpaste and brushing twice a day, you might not think there is much more to it. However, there are some important do’s and don’ts about your toothbrush that you should never ignore. After all, your toothbrush is your primary weapon in fighting cavities, gum disease and other dental problems. Why not make sure you are taking care of it properly?
How are you storing your toothbrush? It is important to consider what you do with your toothbrush after it leaves your mouth. Since one of the primary purposes in brushing your teeth is to eliminate cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth, it is crucial that you do not sabotage your hygiene efforts by providing a breeding ground for bacteria to grow on your toothbrush.
Prevent bacteria growth on your bristles after brushing by first rinsing it with water, shaking it vigorously and storing it in an upright position to air dry. Since bacteria loves moisture, one of the worst things you can do is to place a storage cap over your toothbrush between brushing. In addition, dentists have recommended that you keep your toothbrush at least six feet away from a toilet to prevent contact with airborne particle and germs.
Besides storing your toothbrush properly, it is also essential that you replace your toothbrush every three months. If you notice signs such as your bristles fraying, it is definitely time to buy a new toothbrush.
Whether your toothbrush is manual or electric, be sure you are paying attention to how you take care of it. Brushing correctly and often are keys to prevention; but your brushing efforts will be in vain if you are using a toothbrush that is covered in bacteria or has damaged bristles. Group Health Dental is proud to offer top quality comprehensive dentistry to patients, including education and services in preventative dental care.