You work hard to take care of your teeth, visiting Cooper Family Smiles regularly for cleanings and by practicing solid dental hygiene habits by brushing and flossing regularly. In order to make sure your toothbrush is also working hard for you and is not hindering your overall health, it is important to know when and how to clean and replace your toothbrush, as well as how to properly store it.
Replace: The National Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three months (or more often if the bristles show signs of fraying). It can be helpful to keep your cabinet stocked with extra toothbrushes so that you can easily replace your toothbrush (and your family members’ toothbrushes) at the three-month mark or whenever needed.
Disinfect: A breeding ground for millions of bacteria, it is important for optimal health to keep your toothbrush disinfected in between new toothbrushes. This is especially important during the winter months when cold and flu season is in full force. Be sure to clean your toothbrush thoroughly at least once per week. We’d also recommend to disinfect your toothbrush anytime you are ill or fighting a cold.
Here are several effective methods for cleaning your toothbrush to keep it disinfected:
Regardless of what method you use, you should also be rinsing your toothbrush thoroughly with water every time you use it to keep germs and bacteria at bay.
Storage: Proper storage is also important. After using/disinfecting, do not set your wet toothbrush back down in a cabinet or drawer where bacteria can collect. Be sure to store it in an upright container where it is able to dry out properly. A hygienic cap or container can be used to help keep it clean and protected, but you want to ensure it is not air sealed to prevent the growth of bacteria.
These preventative techniques will help keep your toothbrush in top shape so that it does not hinder your overall health and accomplishes the task for which it is made: to keep your teeth and mouth healthy!
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