Your toothbrush is used every morning and every night, and it can wear on your toothbrush easily, which is why it is very important to take good care of your brush. To help you have the strong, functional, and efficient toothbrush you need, we are happy to provide the following tips:
Clean your brush
After each time you brush your teeth, rinse your toothbrush in warm, clean tap water and wash away any toothpaste or debris. 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. Please make sure to deeply clean your brush after you have been sick.
Properly store your brush
Once you have brushed your teeth and rinsed your brush, place your brush in an upright position in a cup or toothbrush holder. It is important that your brush dries between each use, so please keep the brush in the open air. If you decide to use a toothbrush cover, please use a cover that allows air to circulate through. If you have a cover that is completely sealed, the bristles can harbor bacteria and they can become moldy.
Know when to get a new brush
It is generally recommended to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, when the bristles begin to wear, or after you have been sick. This advice applies to both manual and electric toothbrushes.
Don’t share your brush
Do not share your toothbrush with anyone, not even your family members. If you do, saliva and bacteria will transfer and cause tooth decay.
If you would like to know more about caring for your toothbrush, call our office today. We look forward to talking with you!