Do you know how to correctly take care of your most-used dental hygiene tool? There are many things to consider as you properly buy, store, and protect your toothbrush. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Buy a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. Replace your brush earlier if the bristles look frayed or worn, or if it becomes contaminated in any way.
- When storing your new toothbrush, keep it upright in an open area. This allows the moisture to drain off. Moist, closed areas are excellent conditions for rapid bacterial growth, so keep your toothbrush in a dry, well-ventilated area.
- Keep your toothbrush away from other toothbrushes. If space or other constraints such as traveling require you to store your toothbrushes around other brushes, make sure the heads don’t touch. This cross-contaminates the brushes. You would need to throw them away and buy new ones.
- Never share toothbrushes. This is not only really gross, but it is also very dangerous to your oral health. Sharing toothbrushes can introduce dangerous disease and infection, as well as food particles, plaque, and bacteria from someone else’s mouth.
- If anyone else ever uses your toothbrush, throw it away immediately and buy a new one as soon as possible. If you need to, place some toothpaste on your own clean finger and brush your teeth that way. Never use someone else’s toothbrush–even family or your partner’s.
- Never use your toothbrush for anything other than brushing teeth.
For more information, call Dental Illuminations in Plainsboro, New Jersey, at 609-275-9688. Dr. Madhavi V. Kadiyala, DDS and our team are happy to help!