As you reach for your toothbrush every morning and every night, you may not realize how dirty your brush might be. But, if you care for your brush and you follow the provided guidelines, you will have the cleanest brush possible!
Clean your brush
After you brush your teeth, rinse your toothbrush with warm tap water and wash away any toothpaste or debris that may be stuck. You can also deeply clean the brush by soaking it in antibacterial mouthwash, cleaning it with an ultraviolet light, or putting it through the dishwasher. Also make sure to deeply clean your brush after you have been sick.
Properly store your brush
Place your toothbrush upright in a cup or toothbrush holder after you have brushed your teeth and rinsed your brush. Make sure you keep it in an area to dry. It is very important that your brush dries between each use. If you decide to use a toothbrush cover, make sure you use a cover that allows air to circulate through. If you use a completely sealed cover, your bristles will start to mold and harbor bacteria.
Know when to get a new brush
Generally, it is best to replace your brush every 3-4 months or once your bristles begin to wear. It is also recommended to replace your brush after you have been sick. This applies to both electric and manual toothbrushes.
Don’t share your brush
Please do not share your toothbrush with anyone, not even family members. If you do, bacteria and saliva will transfer and cause tooth decay.
To learn more about cleaning and caring for your toothbrush, call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We are more than happy to help you!