How to Take Care of Your Toothbrush
We all know taking care of your teeth is important, but did you realize you need to take care of your toothbrush too? Taking care of your toothbrush is essential to having the best oral hygiene. Here are some toothbrush-care tips to ensure a healthy and bright smile! Here are some easy to remember toothbrush-care tips to keep your smile healthy and bright!
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
- Your toothbrush itself or toothbrush head (if you have an electric toothbrush) should be replaced every three months.
- Replace it sooner if the bristles become frayed.
- If you have been sick with a cold or the flu, you should also replace your toothbrush.
- In between replacing your toothbrush there are some ways you can give your toothbrush a more thorough cleaning:
- Always rinse your toothbrush off after using it to get rid of the plaque and germs that you just brushed off your teeth.
- You can also soak your toothbrush head in mouthwash to help sanitize it.
How do I store my toothbrush?
Always store your toothbrush upright in a place it can air out. Bacteria grow in moist environments and if you are storing your toothbrush in a way that the bristles cannot dry out you, will be brushing your teeth with a bacteria-infested brush.
You should not use a toothbrush cover unless the bristles of your brush are dry. Covers will prevent the bristles from fully drying and cause bacteria growth.
When you are traveling, be sure your toothbrush is dry before you pack it. In this case using a travel case or cover is helpful to keep bacteria from getting on the bristles. But remember, once it is unpacked, it is best to store your toothbrush upright and let it air out.
Lastly, if at all possible, keep your toothbrush away from the toilet and put the lid down when flushing to help prevent any contaminates from getting on your toothbrush.
A Quick Review … Oral Health Tips for the WIN:
- How to brush your teeth
- Manual vs. Electric: What type of Toothbrush is best for YOU?
- Here’s what the ADA says about Toothbrushes
- Remember to FLOSS!! … Here’s why it’s SO IMPORTANT!
- Add a Water Flosser to your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine!
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
- Remember to schedule your dental exam & cleaning with Dr. Luff
Preventing Cavities with Luff Dental
As we know … brushing your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes is crucial to protect your teeth. Now it’s clear that if you aren’t taking the time to properly care for your toothbrush, you may not be protecting your teeth as well as you thought you were!
Your toothbrush is the first line of defense to protect your teeth from bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease, so it’s important that you take good care of your toothbrush (that’s why we wanted to give you some quick toothbrush-care tips)!
Preventing cavities is our goal and the main reason we wanted to chat about taking care of your toothbrush! We’re here to help you overcome any oral health challenges you or your family may be experiencing.
Have questions about your toothbrush?
If you are unsure of what the best toothbrush is for you, call and schedule your appointment with us. Having regular checkups with your dentist and reviewing proper oral hygiene, as well as ensuring you are using the right brush will help keep your smile the best it can be!
Work with Dr. Luff and her team to find the most effective solution for your smile! We are always accepting new patients in the Lee’s Summit, MO and surrounding area who are ready to improve the health of their teeth, their confidence and smile! Please call Luff Dental at (816) 875-3391 to schedule your appointment.