Oral care is crucial to overall good health. While regular visits to the dentist are necessary, it is equally important for individuals to practice good oral hygiene at home. By flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day, the risk of cavities and tooth decay are drastically decreased. To ensure the best results from brushing; however, your toothbrush must be properly cared for.
Over time, the bristles on toothbrushes become worn down. They can also accumulate bacteria and germs that can hinder your oral health. The American Dental Association, along with local Southlake dentists, recommend replacing your toothbrush (or the head of an electric one) every three to four months. Those who are prone to illness or have been sick should consider replacing their toothbrush more frequently.
Rinse After Each Use
Another step that should be taken when caring for your toothbrush is to rinse bristles after each use. After use, food particles, plaque and bacteria from your mouth are transferred to the brush. A quick rinse afterwards can help to remove them to further help prevent gum disease, cavities, and decay. After rinsing, be sure to leave your brush uncovered and store it in a toothbrush holder to dry. Many people make the mistake of covering the toothbrush in an effort to reduce exposure to germs, but covering it while wet can lead to bacteria growth.
Don’t Use More Pressure Than Needed
Many people mistakenly believe that the more pressure they apply while brushing, the cleaner their teeth will be. This is not the case and it can actually cause injuries to your gums and shorten the life of your toothbrush. Use only as much pressure as needed to prevent premature fraying of bristles, even if using a manual toothbrush.
Consider Toothbrush Type
There are a plethora of toothbrushes on the market from traditional ones to electric and bamboo varieties. Although the basic care of each brush is the same, be sure to consider any additional recommendations provided within the instructions. For example, to extend the life of an electric toothbrush, it should be charged regularly with the provided charger. Some types of toothbrushes may also be more prone to fraying than others, which will require replacement before the three month mark.
Contact Us Today
If you have additional concerns or questions about how to care for your toothbrush, be sure to consult your dentist. Southlake dental professionals are happy to provide assistance to patients to ensure a healthier smile. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.