Are you caring for your toothbrush correctly? After brushing, you rinse it carefully, then place it back in its holder and forget about it until the next time. What more do you need to know?
We don't want to burst your bubble, but odds are if you haven't changed it in a while, your toothbrush is probably pretty gross.
So how did it get that way and what can you do to keep it fresh? Here are some helpful tips:
Close the Lid!
You spend time in the bathroom during your daily oral hygiene routine, and like many people, your toilet may sit close to your brush. Closing the lid when you flush to minimizes the dispersal of contaminated water droplets.
Can't you solve the toilet problem by just storing the brush in the medicine cabinet? No, because bacteria can develop if air cannot circulate around your brush. Store it upright and avoid putting all your family's brushes together.
Replace Your Brush Every Three Months
The next time you are in the oral care aisle of your supermarket, buy several new toothbrushes for each family member at the same time. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your brushes every three months, so put a reminder on your phone. Also be sure to buy a new brush after you've been sick, particularly with a viral infection.
Don't Share Your Brush
Honestly, why would you? If you don't have access to your brush, use your finger to rub a little toothpaste on your teeth, then rinse. It isn't great oral hygiene, but it will help until you can get back to your own brush.
Dr. Daniel Bacquet is a top dentist in Van Nuys who will be more than happy to provide you with all the practical information you need to enjoy a healthy smile.
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