Do’s and Don’ts of Toothbrush Care

by on February 8th, 2015
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You may not think too much about your toothbrush, except when you pull it out of its container to use it. Actually, your toothbrush in an important instrument. How well you use it, its condition, and how you take care of it affects your oral health. In turn, your oral health impacts the overall health of your body. Read this informative article and find out some basic do’s and don’ts of toothbrush care.

Do-

1. After every use, rinse your toothbrush with tap water to remove all toothpaste and debris. Shake the excess water out. Then, stand your toothbrush up in a container so it can air-dry. If your toothbrush is stored with others, make sure they don’t touch so germs aren’t spread.

2. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or, when the bristles are worn or spread apart. If you use a toothbrush that isn’t in good shape, you won’t be able to clean the plaque and debris from your teeth effectively.

3. Replace your toothbrush- even if it’s in good condition- after you have recovered from a cold, flu, sore throat, or other contagious illness. Otherwise, you can re-infect yourself with the germs on your toothbrush.

4. Use a toothbrush that properly fits the size of your mouth. Choose a small head, for example, to be able to reach your back teeth. Also, choose a toothbrush with the right bristle stiffness. You can choose from soft, medium or hard bristles. Soft bristles are easier on your gums. Ask your dentist how stiff your toothbrush should be to meet your specific needs.

Don’t-

1. Attempt to clean your toothbrush by placing it in a microwave oven or dishwasher. Rather than disinfect it, the heat can damage it. You don’t need to soak your toothbrush in mouthwash either. You can rinse it with an antibacterial mouthwash occasionally to help kill germs.

2. Cover your toothbrush or store it in a closed container in between uses. It needs to air-dry. When you’re traveling, use a toothbrush case to protect the bristles and keep it clean. However, after you use your toothbrush, don’t store it in the case. Store it so it can dry.

3. Don’t share your toothbrush with anyone, even your spouse or significant other. You can get the common cold or flu by sharing. Other illnesses such as hepatitis B and C, and HIV can also be transmitted from one person to another in this manner.

Resources

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Brushing-and-Flossing/article/Toothbrush-Care-and-Replacement.cvsp

http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/infectioncontrol/factsheets/toothbrushes.htm#care

http://www.dentistry.com/daily-dental-care/dental-hygiene/keep-your-toothbrush-clean


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