You use your toothbrush twice a day, every day. This tool is a powerful weapon in your arsenal against common oral health conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. Since brushing tends to become second nature, we may forget that our toothbrush, like our mouth, is susceptible to bacterial buildup. Our holistic dentist offers comprehensive dental care including preventive and restorative treatments to patients in our community. Following is some helpful information about keeping your toothbrush clean and free of harmful bacteria.
Store Your Brush Properly
The bristles of a toothbrush are hospitable to bacterial growth—especially when wet. To prevent the buildup and growth of harmful bacteria, it is important to store your brush properly so that its bristles can dry out in between uses. We recommend placing a toothbrush in a holder that keeps it in an upright position.
Exchange Your Toothbrush Every Three Months
Even if you keep your brush clean and dry, it is important to replace it frequently. Purchase and use a new toothbrush every three to four months. If you use an electronic toothbrush, change out the bristles’ head when the bristles begin to fray or every three months.
Clean Your Toothbrush After Use
Every time you use your toothbrush, be sure to rinse its bristles under warm tap water. Rinsing your brush will help prevent the development of bacterial growth by removing excess toothpaste and debris.
Throw Away Your Brush After an Illness
If you catch a cold or the flu, it is important to throw away and replace it when you get well. The bacteria and viral pathogens that made you sick can collect on your brush. For instance, if you had something like strep throat and did not replace your toothbrush, you could potentially re-infect yourself and fall ill again.
If you need recommendations for oral healthcare tools, feel free to ask our holistic dentist. To reserve an appointment for a cleaning or checkup, call our practice at your convenience.