Your toothbrush is the number one tool you use and rely on to have clean, healthy teeth all the time. But to get the most from this oral hygiene instrument, you need to take care of it properly.
Since your toothbrush needs love, too, Laurich Dentistry is sharing some ways to give it the TLC it needs so that you can preserve its good functionality and quality:
Wash your hands before brushing
Always wash your hands before and after brushing your teeth to reduce the bacteria that can enter your mouth while doing this activity. This is also a tip worth remembering before and after flossing to help keep germs from going into your mouth as well.
Rinse it thoroughly after using
After brushing, run your toothbrush under the faucet to wash away leftover particles or toothpaste from the bristles. It is also best to rinse it with hot water to kill any remaining germs.
Always keep your toothbrush dry
Make sure you tap your toothbrush briskly against the side of the sink after brushing. This will help remove excess moisture that can encourage the growth of microorganisms.
Always store your toothbrush in an upright position so that it can be air dried. Avoid storing your toothbrush in a closed container as well since it will remain wet which will create the perfect breeding ground for germs.
Soak it in mouthwash every now and then
Reduce the number of bacteria on your brush by soaking it in anti-bacterial mouthwash after using it every other day or so.
Don’t store your toothbrush with others
Store your toothbrush separately from others to prevent the spread of germs from one person to another.
Use it properly
Aside from keeping your toothbrush always clean, you can also take care of it by using the right brushing techniques.
When brushing, use short, gentle strokes instead of hard ones to prevent the bristles from fraying. Do not chew or bite your toothbrush while using it since this can also cause the bristles to unravel.
Know when to replace your toothbrush
Lastly, Laurich dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months. But if you notice that the bristles are already frayed or discolored, you should replace your toothbrush even if you have just been using it for less than three months. This is because frayed bristles will not effectively clean your teeth and gums.
It is also best to replace your toothbrush if you were recently sick to avoid contracting the same germs again.
To be sure you have the best tool for maintaining good oral hygiene, always keep your toothbrush clean and use it properly when brushing. And although you may already be fond of your toothbrush, don’t keep using it when it’s already old and worn out. To have healthy and clean teeth all the time, replace your toothbrush regularly.
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