The last thing you want to think about when you’re putting a toothbrush in your mouth is the bacteria that’s been growing on it. Brushing is supposed to help remove germs from your teeth, not put them there. However, many people brush with an unsanitary toothbrush every day without knowing it. Here are some tips for keeping your toothbrush — and your mouth — clean and sparkling.
- Rinse it off. After brushing, turn on the warm water and thoroughly rinse off any food debris or plaque. Using warm water will help kill bacteria.
- Keep it dry. Make sure your toothbrush is able to dry between uses. Damp toothbrushes breed bacteria, so keep the brush upright and uncovered.
- Don’t share. Sharing isn’t caring, even with a family member or spouse. Introducing foreign bacteria to your mouth can wreak havoc on your oral health.
- Keep it away from the toilet. Flushing sends bacteria into the air, so store your toothbrush and toothpaste far away. Flushing with the lid closed will also prevent the spread of bacteria.
- Ditch it. Throw away your old toothbrush and get a new one every three months. Additionally, if you have been sick or shared a toothbrush, you will want to invest in a new one.
Our dental professionals can answer any questions you have about oral health and tooth care. To schedule an appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.