We all know that regular teeth brushing is essential for good dental health, but many of us don’t think about the importance of properly taking care of our toothbrush is for maintaining good oral hygiene. It needs a lot more attention than just the few minutes you give it each day brushing your teeth.
These tips, courtesy of your dentist in Stuart, FL, can help you to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth.
Storing your toothbrush
After you brush your teeth, thoroughly rinse the toothbrush with tap water before storing it away in order to remove remaining debris and toothpaste. It should be stored in an upright position, allowing the toothbrush to air dry until it’s used again. Don’t routinely cover your toothbrush, or store it in a closed container as it promotes a moist environment which is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms as compared to the open air. If you’re storing more than one brush in the same area, it’s important to keep them separated to prevent cross-contamination of bacteria and other microorganisms.
Replacing your toothbrush
Your favorite dentist in Stuart, FL, Dr. Medwid, and the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. They can wear out more quickly, depending on the person. It’s important to check for wear and replace it more frequently if needed.
Never share your toothbrush
While you may think that it’s okay to share your toothbrush with your partner, or even others, it could result in an exchange of body fluids and/or microorganisms between users that can place both individuals at an increased risk of infection. This is especially a concern for those with weaker immune systems or who have an existing infectious disease.
Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet
As airborne particles are released when the toilet is flushed, not only should you always flush with the lid down, your toothbrush should be kept as far away from the commode as possible. At least six feet is a good rule of thumb.
Along with properly caring for this important oral hygiene tool, visiting your dentist in Stuart, FL on a regular basis will help to ensure a healthier mouth and teeth for many years to come.