For most people, brushing their teeth has become so routine that they often don’t think twice about the various aspects of maintaining a good oral healthcare regimen. After all, how many times have you heard that you are supposed to brush twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and floss every night before you go to bed? However, with certain points, we aren’t bombarded with information. One of example of this is the importance of cleaning your tooth brush. In fact, doing so is more important than you think. Because most toothbrushes are kept in the bathroom, that leaves plenty of room for bacteria to accumulate in between the tiny bristles.
As such, dental experts recommend taking the following steps to ensure that your brush is clean as can be:
- Don’t cover your toothbrush or store it in a closed container until it is completely dry or else you could create a breeding ground for bacteria
- Let the bristles dry out completely before brushing. For this reason, everyone should have two toothbrushes.
- Never share a toothbrush with anyone
- Purchase a new toothbrush every three to four months. This not only helps reduce the likelihood that germs will spread, but brushes tend to get worn out after this amount of time anyway.
If you have any questions about proper toothbrush care, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a family dentist that you trust. These professionals can give you more tips on how to ensure that your brush is safe to use and have no bacteria. In fact, you may want to consider calling the office of Dr. Thomas Cooke. He and his experienced staff don’t care how long it has been since your last appointment, they just want to ensure that you receive the best care possible.