The mouth is home to hundreds of bacteria, some harmful and some good for us, so taking care of your toothbrush is extremely important for good oral health at home.
People use their toothbrushes in different ways and usually store them in a toothbrush holder, but why your toothbrush must dry between uses?
Allowing the toothbrush to air dry between uses is the best practice for a healthier tooth brushing experience.
How to Care for Your Toothbrush
Since you use your toothbrush twice daily and sometimes after each meal, it's important to rinse it thoroughly after each use. Think about all the bacteria you are trying to clean with your brush and you will realize that getting rid of all that residue left behind after cleaning it critical. You should never share your toothbrush with anyone, not even family members because of the risk of getting sick by sharing their germs.
Most importantly, allow your toothbrush to air dry completely between uses. If you brush first thing in the morning or after breakfast and before bed, there's a good chance that the toothbrush will be completely dry between uses. Even if you brush after each time you have a meal, using a cup holder or a hanging tray, will let the toothbrush air dry.
Replace Your Toothbrush Frequently
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that toothbrushes be replaced every six-months. We give you a new one each time you come in for a regular checkup.
Don't Use a Container or Cover for Your Toothbrush
Putting a wet toothbrush in a closed container will allow bacteria to grow faster than if you let the toothbrush air dry in between uses.
Taking care of your toothbrush is important for having good oral health so make sure you rinse it thoroughly after each use and store it in an upright position.
Wauwatosa Dental Group
Location Midwest Dental Wauwatosa 2600 North Mayfair Road Suite 750 Wauwatosa, WI 53226