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Guide To Proper Toothbrush Care | Hawaii Family Dental

Written by Danica Lacson on September 27, 2018

Toothbrushes have been our reliable companion when it comes to avoiding cavity and keeping our breaths fresh. However, just as much as toothbrushes care for our oral health, they are also in need of attention to do their function properly.

According to professionals, toothbrushes can become tarnished with oral microbial organisms, and bacteria and viruses can also live for several weeks on a toothbrush’s surface, especially from an infected person’s mouth.'

Tips On Proper Toothbrush Care

Below are tips to ensure that your toothbrush is still serving its purpose of helping you fight cavity and other oral issues.

Do not share your toothbrush.

It was said, “Great satisfaction comes from sharing with others.” However, no matter how generous sharing looks, there will always be exemptions to the rule. Your teeth will be more thankful to you if you exercise a bit of selfishness when it comes to your toothbrush. Sharing your toothbrush heightens the risk of infections and a significant compromise to your oral health.

Replace your toothbrush.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the replacement of toothbrushes every three or four months, or when their bristles start to wear away. According to researchers, toothbrushes can shelter microorganisms as they can be passed on the toothbrush during use. Microorganisms, in turn, can lead to oral infection. It is also better to replace your toothbrush after you have been sick to prevent the recurrence of the sickness.

Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after use.

Do this to eliminate debris or toothpaste. It is also advised to put the toothbrush in an upright position and allowed to air-dry. If water seems inadequate for you, you can opt to use toothbrush sanitizers.

Do not keep toothbrushes in closed containers or covers.

A sealed container, especially when damp, contribute more to the growth of microorganisms than open air. You can cover your toothbrush with a cover that allows air to circulate to avoid molds. If toothbrushes are kept in the same area or storage, store each toothbrush has some space in between to avoid cross-contamination.

No matter how religiously you brush your teeth, floss and rinse with mouthwash if your toothbrush is not anymore in the condition where it can fully do its task of cleaning your teeth, your efforts may turn useless. When keeping your oral health in check, make sure to check your oral hygiene instruments as well.


Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.

References:

  • https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/ada-03-toothbrush-care
  • https://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-toothbrush-care-cleaning-storage-and-
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