How to Take Care of Your Toothbrush

May 19, 2023 6:20 pm
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When it comes to dental health, we’re taught from an early age that it is essential to visit the dentist regularly and brush and floss twice a day. But one aspect of oral hygiene that you don’t hear much about is how to take care of your toothbrush properly, even though it’s a tool that we use daily! Follow these simple but important pointers to keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape.

Rinse Your Toothbrush

This might seem like an obvious suggestion, but it is key to make sure that you thoroughly rinse your toothbrush. Many of us brush right before rushing out the door in the morning or at nighttime when we are eager to get to bed. Instead of quickly running your toothbrush under the faucet and calling it a day, make sure that you carefully rinse under hot water to get rid of any residual food particles or toothpaste nestled in the bristles of your brush.

Properly Store Your Toothbrush

Once your toothbrush is nice and clean, place it upright in open air so that it can dry between uses. You might think that it’s better to store your toothbrush in a medicine cabinet, but keeping a damp toothbrush in an enclosed space will promote bacterial growth. For the same reason, don’t use any type of toothbrush cover until the bristles are completely dry.

Recognize When It’s Time to Replace Your Toothbrush

As a rule, we recommend getting a new toothbrush every three to four months. You’ll want to replace it sooner than that if you’ve been sick recently or when your brush’s bristles start looking worn down or crooked.

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At-home oral hygiene is a vital component of maintaining a healthy smile. For all your other dental needs, call Gregory B. Garrett, DDS. Our friendly team of experts provides comprehensive services for patients of all ages. Schedule your next appointment today!

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