When you brush (twice a day, every day!) how much attention do you pay to your toothbrush? An effective toothbrushing session requires effective tools. Here’s how to take good care of your toothbrush.
When storing a toothbrush, it is important to keep it in open air. Closed-off spaces are bad for brushes, as they encourage bacterial growth. If you must store your toothbrush in a closed space, say for traveling purposes, be sure to air it out as often as possible.
Don’t store your toothbrushes around other toothbrushes, if you can help it. If you must store it with other brushes, make sure the heads don’t touch. This could lead to cross-contamination of the toothbrushes, and bacteria spread from brush to brush. Additionally–never use your toothbrush for anything other than brushing your own teeth! This can spread bacteria, and even infections or disease. If your brush is contaminated, it’s time for a new one.
Even without contamination, toothbrushes only last 3-4 months. Bacteria naturally grow on toothbrushes, and after 3-4 months it’s time for a new brush. Use this opportunity to buy a fun toothbrush! There are many styles and colors available, even in adult sizes. Be sure to choose a soft-bristled brush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal is granted by the American Dental Association to products that have undergone and passed rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness. When choosing a toothbrush with the ADA Seal, you will be sure to get a quality product.
Lastly, support your brushing habit with regular dental visits and cleanings. This will allow your dentist to catch problems early, and will keep your smile bright, clean, and healthy. If you are in the Onley, Virginia area, be sure to call Spencer Shelley, DDS to set up an appointment! We can be reached at 757-787-7000. Dr. Spencer Shelley will be happy to take care of you!