How to Properly Care For Your Toothbrush

Keeping your teeth healthy and your gums clean is one of the most important parts of any oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing are the most common ways that we keep our teeth clean; this is why it’s critical that the tools we are using to keep our teeth clean are suited for the job at hand. Regardless of the type of toothbrush, there are ways to ensure that it works properly when you have it. Here are some tips on how to properly care for your toothbrush:

Rinse Your Toothbrush Thoroughly After Each Use 

After each use, it is best to rinse the bristles and handle of your toothbrush with warm water. This will help to remove toothpaste, bacteria, and saliva from your toothbrush. 

Store Your Toothbrush Correctly 

Your toothbrush should be stored upright in a clean and dry cup or holder to allow the bristles to air dry and prevent any growth of harmful bacteria. Don’t use a cap to cover the bristles until they are 100% dry, as any locked-in moisture can become a breeding ground for bacteria. 

Replace Your Toothbrush Frequently

Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed or damaged. This will ensure you get the most effective cleaning from your brush. If you are sick or have just recovered, disinfect your toothbrush or replace it completely. This will help prevent the spread of germs and protect your health.

Don’t Brush Too Hard

Not only can brushing too hard damage the enamel of your teeth, but it will also bend and fray the bristles of your toothbrush. When the bristles are bent, broken, or frayed, they don’t clean the plaque of the teeth as well. Because of this, many people will continue to brush even harder, thinking it will help to remove the plaque. 

By following these simple tips, you can keep your toothbrush in good condition and ensure you get the best possible clean each time you brush. With regular care and attention, your smile will be bright and healthy for years! Contact our team if you’d like to learn more about how to care for your toothbrush properly.