One of the most overlooked tools inside your home is one of the most used tools: your toothbrush. This tool is designed to clean your teeth, yet if it is not clean it may not be working very well for you.
Below are simple tips for how to care for your toothbrush so that it actually does a good job doing what it is supposed to do.
- Rinse your toothbrush well. Your toothbrush is a tool designed to loosen and remove bacteria-laden plaque from the teeth and gum line. A large portion of this plaque will become trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush with every use. By rinsing your toothbrush well under fast, running water, you are helping to rinse away much of this plaque so that it does not re-enter your mouth the next time you use your toothbrush.
- Keep your toothbrush dry between uses. As with all bacteria, oral bacteria thrive in moist environments. Allowing your toothbrush to air dry in an upright, uncovered position will keep any remaining bacteria from flourishing. If you must cover your toothbrush for travel, make sure that it is thoroughly dry before you cover it.
- Keep your toothbrush to yourself. Remember, your toothbrush removes bacteria-laden plaque from the mouth. If you share your toothbrush with another person, you are putting his or her plaque into your mouth. This can cause oral infection and can easily pass on germs from any recent illness.
- Store your toothbrush away from the toilet.With every flush of the toilet there is overspray that enters the air. This overspray contains urine and fecal matter, and you certainly do not want that landing on your toothbrush. If your bathroom does not have a door separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom, it is vital that you keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible.
- Replace your toothbrush often. Over time, your toothbrush will develop a buildup of plaque that does not get rinsed away. Replacing your toothbrush every 3-6 months will ensure that you are using a clean tool to clean your mouth. If you have ever wondered why your dentist gives you a new toothbrush at every visit, this is why!
- Replace your toothbrush after any illness. Germs can linger for a week or longer. If you have been ill with a cold, the flu, strep throat, a stomach bug, or any other illness, it is important to replace your toothbrush so that you do not re-introduce those germs into your system.
Ashley Dinh, DDS, wants to help all patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment. We will have a brand new toothbrush ready for you when you arrive!
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Ashley Dinh, DDS
107 E Holly Ave, Suite 5
Sterling, VA 20164
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