Many people take their toothbrushes for granted. It is a fairly straightforward tool that plays an important role in keeping our teeth clean and our breath smelling fresh each and every day. For your toothbrush to do its job properly though, you need to care for it properly. Don’t wind up using a bacteria-laden toothbrush for far too long or your efforts to improve your dental health and oral hygiene could end up doing more harm than good! Read on for tips on how to keep your toothbrush clean and effective, or visit your family dentist in North Edmonton to learn more.
Tips for Caring for Your Toothbrush
Keep your toothbrush in top condition by following these simple tips:
- Replace it – Say goodbye to your toothbrush after three to four months. After that long, the bristles will become worn and it won’t be able to properly clean your teeth and gums. Electric models should follow the same timeline.
- Rinse it – Don’t forget to thoroughly rinse the bristles once you take it out of the packaging and after each time you brush your teeth. Bacteria, organisms, and viruses in the mouth can stay in between the bristles, so you’ll want to do a thorough rinse. For people with weakened immune systems, it is also a good idea to do a deep cleaning with special products or mouthwash on a regular basis.
- Store it properly – Don’t leave your toothbrush in a drawer or laying flat after use. Store it upright so that the bristles are surrounded by air. This will give it an opportunity to fully dry, prevent mold from forming, and reduce the formation of bacteria. If you are traveling with your toothbrush, be sure to cover it to protect it from other products and spills in your bag. Avoid using a sealed plastic bag that can promote bacteria growth and instead choose a container that allows some airflow around the bristles.
Contact the dental professionals at Oxford Dental for your routine checkup and teeth cleaning; you’ll also receive a new toothbrush! Our dental professionals offer fast, friendly service and a range of treatments from cosmetic dentistry to emergency appointments. We can help you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and answer your questions about dental health. Our dental clinic in north Edmonton is currently accepting new patients and would be happy to offer your whole family dental healthcare services.