Why You Should Take Care of Your Toothbrush

Why You Should Take Care of Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush helps you take care of your teeth. Unfortunately, thanks to its frequently moist environment, it can also harbor dangerous bacteria. Taking care of your toothbrush can keep it in top condition and keep your teeth strong and healthy. Our Los Angeles dentist explains the necessary steps to protect your toothbrush and your dental health.

  1. Practice good hygiene.
    Wash your hands with soap and water before brushing and flossing. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with warm water, and allow it to air dry in an upright position. Avoid storing it in a closed container until it is dry. Wash your hands again after brushing.

  2. Avoid sharing.
    Do not share toothbrushes with other people, and store them separately to avoid contact between the brushes. Buy different colors or styles of toothbrushes to avoid mix-ups.

  3. Store your brush safely.
    If you store your toothbrush in the bathroom, store it away from the toilet. Flush the toilet only with the lid closed since open toilets can disperse bacteria far more widely than closed toilets.

  4. Change your toothbrush.
    Every three months, you should get a new brush. You should also change your toothbrush if it begins to show signs of wear even if it has not yet been three months since worn bristles can cause microscopic scratches on teeth and irritate the gums. Finally, replace your brush after illness.

Contact our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your next dental checkup.