When is the last time that you replaced your toothbrush? Can’t remember? Well, then, you are long overdue.
If you stop and think about it, your toothbrush is a tool that you use to clean your mouth. Yet, if it is dirty it is not able to do a very good job. If you have ever wondered why your dentist gives you a new toothbrush at each visit, it is because s/he understands that in order to clean your mouth properly you need a clean tool to use. You do not put your dirty clothes away in your dresser or closet with your fresh clothes, do you? No, because that would soil all of your clean clothes. The same is true for your mouth. If you are using a dirty toothbrush, you are putting a dirty object inside your mouth and expecting it to clean your teeth. Replacing your toothbrush every 3-6 months is important, and if you visit your dentist regularly then this will keep you on schedule. However, what you do with your toothbrush between replacements is also important.
First, it is important to rinse your toothbrush off well after each use. Your toothbrush was designed to loosen plaque from the teeth and to remove particles of food that are stuck between your teeth. If these are not rinsed off, bacteria are building up and food particles are rotting on your toothbrush. You surely do not want to put those into your mouth!
Second, let your toothbrush air dry in an upright position. By being upright, your toothbrush will dry faster and help to extinguish any lingering bacteria.
Third, store your toothbrush away from the toilet! Every time you flush, there is overspray that is released into the air. You do not want dirty toilet water spraying in the air and landing on your toothbrush. Gross!
Fourth, replace your toothbrush after you have been sick. Germs from a cold, the flu, strep throat and a stomach virus can linger for up to 10 days. Get a new toothbrush once your illness is gone to prevent re-infecting yourself.
And, last, visit your dentist on a regular basis for a thorough cleaning and a new toothbrush. At Monaco Dentistry, we want to partner with you in every aspect of your oral health. Call today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Monaco Dentistry