We often hear about how important a toothbrush is for caring for our oral health, but what about caring for the toothbrush itself? Not only can a toothbrush grow and harbor bacteria, but over time your bristles will also become worn, making your brush less effective. Can you remember the last time you changed your toothbrush? If not, it is most likely time to do so!
When it comes to cleaning your toothbrush, you should always do so after you clean your teeth, gums, and mouth. Thoroughly rinse your brush under tap water; rinsing your brush will remove any debris, toothpaste, and bacteria that may still be lingering.
When storing your toothbrush, be sure to always store it upright and allow it to air-dry. Storing containers, cabinets, and other moist, dark environments can promote bacteria growth; always store your brush where it can get air. If you use a toothbrush holder, separate each brush so that they do not touch to prevent cross-contamination.
Over time, your toothbrush will become worn or frayed. Various factors such as how hard you brush, how you store your toothbrush, and the quality of your toothbrush may all play a role in how quickly it gets to this point. When the bristles of your toothbrush become worn, it can actually decrease the effectiveness of cleaning, making it harder to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. If you notice that the bristles have become worn and frayed, it is highly recommended to get a new one. No matter how great your brush looks after 3-4 months, we always recommend replacing it.
Caring for your toothbrush is just as important as caring for your smile; use these helpful tips to ensure your brush and smile are as healthy as they can be!