Your toothbrush is used at least twice a day, if not more, which means your brush can be easily worn down or destroyed. It is very important to care for your toothbrush in the 3-4 months you use it, and we recommend doing so by following the provided guidelines:
• Clean your brush: Make sure to rinse your brush in warm tap water and wash away the toothpaste or debris after you brush your teeth. If you wish to deeply clean your toothbrush, you can soak it in antibacterial mouthwash, clean it with an ultraviolet light, or put it through the dishwasher. It is wise to deeply clean your brush after you have been sick.
• Properly store your brush: After you have brushed your teeth and rinsed your brush, place your brush in an upright position in a cup or toothbrush holder. It is very important that your brush dries out after each use, so make sure it is stored in open air. If you decide to use a toothbrush cover, make sure you use a cover that allows air to circulate through. If the cover is completely sealed, there is a high chance that the bristles will begin to mold and harbor bacteria.
• Know when to get a new brush: It is best to replace your toothbrush after 3-4 months of use, once the bristles begin to wear, and after you have been sick. This applies to both manual and electric toothbrushes. If you have an electric brush, you can replace the head without having to replace the entire brush.
• Don’t share your brush: Please do not share your brush, even with family members. If you do, saliva and bacteria will transfer and cause tooth decay.
To learn more about caring for your toothbrush, call our office today and talk to a member of our friendly team. We look forward to helping you!