We all aim to have clean teeth and healthy smiles. The tool that makes this all possible? Your toothbrush. Since effective and diligent tooth brushing is the gateway to good oral health, it’s crucial that we are doing all we can to keep our toothbrush – our key dental hygiene tool – clean and in good condition. This is why we’ve gathered the most important toothbrush care and maintenance tips for you to put into practice.

Storing How-To’s

Did you know that by storing your toothbrush incorrectly, you could be facilitating the growth of millions of microorganisms and bacteria? Gross, right? To prevent this, remember the following:

  • Aerate: Placing your toothbrush in confined, moist areas will only help bacteria to accumulate and grow. Avoid tight containers or any storing method that will prevent your toothbrush from ventilation and drying in between brushes.
  • Keep Upright: When storing your toothbrush, instead of laying horizontal, it’s recommended  to perch it upright and vertical. Doing so helps prevent the transfer of bacteria and germs from other items, otherwise known as cross-contamination.
  • Protect: While it seems absurd, harmful microorganisms can be projected into the air and can land on your toothbrush during toilet flushing. To assure the sanitation of your toothbrush, keep it out of reach and off the counter.

When to Replace

A frequent question asked is how often to replace a toothbrush. Based on the research and suggestion from the American Dental Association, it’s best to discard your old toothbrush and start using a new one at least every 3-4 months on average. Bristles can wear out and fray causing less effective brushing and the buildup of plaque and bacteria. By adhering to the ADA’s replacement recommendation, your oral health will not be hindered and your smile can continue to be healthy and beautiful.

We hope you found value in these toothbrush care tips. If you have any dental questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us! We are always accepting new patients and would love to start working with you to improve your dental health.

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