Brushing and flossing twice a day is important for good oral care. This makes the maintenance of your toothbrush extremely vital. Brush maintenance is essential to get the most out of toothbrushes and to make sure they stay effective. The mouth carries various types of bacteria and these pass into toothbrushes while they are being used. Additionally, when toothbrushes remain moist, bacteria can grow on them.
Dentist Pertev Kökdemir shared the recommendations you need to follow to get the best efficiency from your toothbrushes.
- You should replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three to four months. If the bristles are worn or visibly matted, they can be changed earlier.
- Parents should remember to check children's toothbrushes for wear and tear. Children's toothbrushes may need to be changed more often than adults.
- Never share your toothbrush! Sharing a toothbrush with another person can cause an exchange of body fluids and microorganisms between you and the other person.
- After using your toothbrush, rinse it thoroughly with tap water. When you wet your toothbrush with water, it will help remove residual toothpaste and other residue.
- If you share the same toothbrush box with others, do not let your toothbrushes touch each other. This is important to avoid cross-contamination risks.
- The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends keeping toothbrushes in an upright position after use to allow them to dry outdoors. In general, individuals have been observed to cover their toothbrushes or store them in a sealed container. This causes more bacterial growth in the humid environment.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can get the most out of your toothbrush. If you have any questions about how to clean your toothbrush or general oral hygiene, always remember that the best way is to see a dentist who can provide the best guidance. Happy brushing!