Your toothbrush does quite a bit of work scouring your teeth twice a day. It takes loving care of you and your chompers. In turn, you can take good care of it. This will not only help your toothbrush, but will keep your teeth in better condition. Here are Lowery Smiles’s helpful tips that can assist you in keeping your toothbrush in excellent shape:
1: Clean your hands
Before you brush your teeth, wash your hands. Otherwise the germs from your hands can transfer to your toothbrush, aiding infection and disease.
2: Give your brush space
Store your toothbrush in a place where it won’t touch other toothbrushes or hygiene products. If your brush touches your family members’ toothbrush bristles, the germs from their brush can move on over to your brush. This is particularly important if one of your family members have been sick.
3: Let your brush dry
Make sure your toothbrush bristles are dry before you use the brush again. Also, if you have a toothbrush cover, make sure the bristles are dry before you put it on. A moist environment can encourage bacteria growth.
4: Don’t share
Keep your toothbrush to yourself. Don’t share it with other people—not even your family members. Sharing a toothbrush can easily relocate germs from one person to another and even promote tooth decay.
5: Switch it out
Every 3-4 months or after the bristles have frayed, exchange your toothbrush with a new one. If you’ve been ill and used your toothbrush, you’ll want to throw it out after you are done.
Do you have any questions? Please call our office in Cary, North Carolina at 919-468-5501 and talk to Dr. Siti Lowery or a member of our dental team. We look forward to helping you!