Your toothbrush may look just fine to you on the outside, but the truth is there are a few practices you need to know in order to keep your toothbrush clean. You may think you’re practicing great oral hygiene habits at home, but what good is that doing your smile if your toothbrush is harboring dangerous bacteria? Your dentist wants you to know why it’s important to replace your toothbrush every few months and a few other tips to keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape.
Don’t Skip Replacing Your Toothbrush!
Even if your toothbrush seems to look and work as it’s supposed to, after 3 or 4 months, the fibers start to wear down and hold onto harmful dental bacteria. Your toothbrush will be much less effective at cleaning your teeth. An old toothbrush is still better than no toothbrush, but not by too much.
Get a Replacement Toothbrush Every 3-4 Months
If you’re brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day for at least two minutes, you should be replacing your toothbrush at least every 4 months. Sometimes some patients need to replace them sooner if you see that the bristles are frayed. Are they frayed or pointing in every which direction instead of smooth and standing straight up? If so, it’s time to get a new toothbrush.
Keep in mind that you may also want to replace your toothbrush if you’ve recently been sick, since the associated bacteria and viruses could potentially get you sick all over again. Your dentist thinks it’s a good idea to stock up on a few toothbrushes for each member of your house. This way, you’ll always be prepared to switch your family’s toothbrush out if you need to.
Tips for Caring for Toothbrushes
You can make the most out of your toothbrush when you take care of it properly. Follow these simple steps:
·Store your toothbrushes so they don’t touch each other and spread dental bacteria and/or viruses.
·Store your toothbrush in an open space rather than a closed cabinent or in a case. This will reduce the chances of germs spreading in dark, damp places.
·When you’re finished using your toothbrush, let it dry out between uses to prevent dental bacteria and build-up of harmful materials.
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JL Dental has the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your optimal oral health. We look forward to helping you keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean both in our office and at home. If you ever have any questions or need advice e about the best dental care tools and practices, feel free to contact our local office.