Your Peoria Dentist Discusses Taking Care of Your Toothbrush
When is the last time you changed your toothbrush? If it is longer than 3 months ago, then it’s time for a new one! Not only do toothbrushes older than 3 months begin to build up an overwhelming amount of bacteria, but the fraying bristles become damaged and unable to clean teeth or gums adequately. Next time you’re at a convenience, grocery or health care store do your teeth a favor and pick up a nice, brand new, soft-bristled toothbrush. The soft bristles will help to maintain your precious gums and tooth enamel.
Storing your toothbrush in a safe place is another important factor for proper toothbrush care. Did you know brushing your teeth, or storing your toothbrush, too close to a toilet will expose your brush to airborne bacteria? Yikes! To help prevent pesky bacteria from making a home of your toothbrush, keep your brush in a dry environment – away from your toilet. A lot of people depend on storing their toothbrushes in drawers or with toothbrush caps and covers; however these options only allow for more bacteria to breed. Bacteria love wet, dark environments, so if you’re going to cover your toothbrush make sure there are holes for the moisture to escape.
If you’re receiving teeth whitening treatments, it is important to choose the right kind of toothbrush – anything too hard will damage the tooth enamel and expose dentin. Damaged tooth enamel can cause extreme tooth sensitivity, which can be heightened by teeth whitening treatments.
Another commonly overlooked mistake is keeping your toothbrush after you’ve recovered from a recent cough, cold or other illness. As soon as you start to feel better, you should immediately replace your toothbrush in order to keep your germs from spreading.
These are just a few of the most important ways to care for your toothbrush. Our family dentist in Peoria Heights is happy to provide patients with valuable oral health care information. We want to make sure both our younger patients and their parents know the proper etiquette for toothbrush usage. We would love to hear how you take care of your toothbrush and we may even have a new toothbrush for you at your next appointment!