How many times do you think about caring for your toothbrush? Once in your lifetime, maybe twice. Okay, how about never. Many of us have toothbrush maintenance low on our priority list, if it’s there at all, but it’s definitely something we should consider. A well-functioning toothbrush is critical to your dental health. A dirty one is a trap for bacteria that get transferred to your mouth.
Below, we at Hill Country Oral Surgery have devised a list of how to take good care of your toothbrush, and consequently, good care of your mouth!
Replace Toothbrush Regularly
Take a good look at your toothbrush. Are the bristles bent or frayed? Are some of the strands missing? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for a new toothbrush. Some toothbrushes have a color on their bristles to remind you it’s time to replace after fading down to a certain level.
The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush at least three times annually. When you continue to use worn, old strands, they become ineffective in cleaning your teeth.
Store Your Brush Correctly
If your toothbrush carries a strange odor, it may be that you’re not allowing it to dry between uses. To keep your toothbrush fresh and free from bacteria-attracting moisture, you should store the brush upright with enough airflow to dry. Don’t use toothbrush covers, and never allow your brush to get close to the toilet.
Clean Your Toothbrush
To give your toothbrush a good cleaning, here are some helpful hints to get the job done:
- Dilute two teaspoons of baking soda in one cup of water to make a soaking solution for your toothbrush.
- Soak bristles in vinegar weekly
- Mix one teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in one cup of water and stir the toothbrush in the solution for several minutes.
- Place your toothbrush under a constant flow of water after use, then give it a good shake
- Soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash for half a minute.
- Soak your toothbrush in denture cleaning solution
If you take care of your toothbrush, your toothbrush will take care of your teeth.
Here are some hints to get the most out of your toothbrush, so it is a long-lasting weapon against tooth decay.
- Rinse brush after using and allow it to dry.
- Rotate two or more toothbrushes between uses to prolong toothbrush longevity.
- If you are ill, you should replace your toothbrush when you get better.
- Never, ever, ever share your toothbrush with someone else.
Another hint is to treat electronic toothbrushes the same way you maintain a manual toothbrush.
If you would like more information about toothbrush maintenance or dental hygiene, contact us at Hill Country Dental Surgery today.