At Kanning Dental we are committed to helping our patients maintain a healthy smile. Part of helping patients maintain a healthy smile is preventive dental care and patient education. In this post, we will highlight the importance of toothbrush care.
Traditionally, we use our toothbrush at least twice a day for 365 days. Essentially your toothbrush pays a huge roll in your dental hygiene routine, so it is important you take the proper steps to take care of it. When your toothbrush is not properly cared for, it can harbor bacteria that may affect your oral health and overall health. The goal is to reduce the number of bacteria on the toothbrush to use it as a tool to aid your health not harm it. In this post, we will discuss the best practices and methods for taking care of your toothbrush.
Toothbrush Care Tips
- Don’t share your toothbrush. Don’t share your toothbrush with anyone because you can transfer harmful bacteria and germs.
- Place your toothbrush in an upright position after use. Placing your toothbrush in an upright position allows the water to drain properly instead of collecting within the bristles of the toothbrush.
- Store your toothbrush away from the toilet. Make sure you flush with your toilet cover closed to reduce airborne bacteria.
- Make sure you are thoroughly cleaning your toothbrush after use. Rinse your toothbrush after use to remove any leftover toothpaste and debris that may have accumulated during brushing. Studies have also shown that rinsing your toothbrush with antibacterial mouthwash may help reduce the number of bacteria that come in contact with your toothbrush.
- Don’t keep your toothbrush in completely sealed environments. Toothbrushes need to drain properly. When toothbrushes are stored in dark, moist environments, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. The bristles on your toothbrush may begin to wear down, making brushing less effective.
Taking care of your toothbrush will make your oral hygiene routine more effective and reduce the number of bacteria you are exposed to through brushing. If you have any questions about toothbrush care or your oral hygiene routine, contact Kanning Dental in Lawson, MO. Patients can call (816) 974-4721 or request an appointment online.