When it comes to keeping your mouth healthy, your toothbrush is your most powerful weapon. Without your toothbrush, it would be extremely difficult to remove plaque and bacteria and scrub away stubborn stains. However, in order for your toothbrush to keep your smile clean, it must be clean itself. How clean is your toothbrush?
If you are unsure of the condition of your toothbrush, ask yourself the following questions:
- Where do you store your toothbrush?
- When it comes to storage, there are three things that are important. First, you never want to keep your toothbrush inside a cabinet or any other dark, closed space. This is an environment that bacteria thrive. Second, you’ll want to make sure your toothbrush is stored at least six feet from your toilet. The disgusting truth is that there are airborne particles that can travel from your flush to your brush if the distance is too close. Lastly, always keep your toothbrush dry between brushing sessions. Storing it upright can help dry it out best. If your bristles stay wet or moist, bacteria and even mildew can form on your brush.
- Are you the only one that uses your toothbrush?
- This should be an obvious one. The bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease can be transferred from person to person, via eating utensils, pacifiers and your toothbrush. Sharing your toothbrush should never be done, not with a friend, spouse or child. Keep your germs to yourself!
- How long has it been since you’ve replaced your toothbrush?
- It is suggested that you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or at every season of the year. A dead giveaway to a poor status toothbrush is frayed bristles. Also, if you’ve been sick, consider buying a new brush.
- Do you rinse your toothbrush after using it?
- While your teeth may be squeaky clean, your job isn’t done until you give your toothbrush a nice rinse after use. You may even use mouthwash to wash it off. Send those food particles and bacteria down the drain instead of leaving it on your bristles.
If your toothbrush care didn’t pass the test, consider stepping up your game for a fresher, healthier mouth. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we welcome your questions and concerns regarding toothbrushes, floss, toothpastes and other hygiene products. Your daily dental health regime is important to your long-term smile health!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,