Let’s talk about toothbrush maintenance. In our content, we always stress that you should brush your teeth during the day and have a nighttime routine. However, it also matters that you take care of the tool that helps remove bacteria: your toothbrush. Toothbrush maintenance matters as much as having a routine and coming to biannual dental cleanings. Why? Bacteria can accumulate on an old toothbrush. It would be best to keep these things in mind regarding toothbrush maintenance.
Toothbrush Maintenance Involves Rinsing Your Toothbrush Thoroughly
After you’ve brushed your teeth, rinse the bristles to remove food particles, toothpaste, and other germs before storing your toothbrush. When you brush your teeth next, you want this cleaning tool to be, well, clean. When you stow it away, ensure that it’s upright and not lying on its side.
Store Your Toothbrush Uncovered
We understand that you don’t want dusty air particles finding their way on your toothbrush. However, it’s best to leave your toothbrush uncovered. It would be best if you exposed it to open air to prevent bacteria growth. If you’re putting your toothbrush in a suitcase to take on a trip with you, this is the only time you want to store it in a closed container. Avoid storing it in a Ziploc bag. Many colorful toothbrush covers with fun designs exist!
Toothbrush Maintenance Involves Replacing Your Toothbrush
If you use an electric toothbrush, you want to buy several replacement heads and swap them out every three to four months. The same goes for manual toothbrushes. If you notice damage on your manual or electric toothbrush, such as frayed bristles, it’s time for a replacement. You want to switch out your toothbrush because you want it to be as effective as possible. Otherwise, it won’t remove food particles and other bacteria as efficiently.
Are Manual or Electric Toothbrushes Better?
Electric toothbrushes are better than manual ones. The bristles move at a faster rate, making cleaning more thorough. Also, the more advanced electric toothbrushes tend to come with multiple settings, most of which cater to gum care.
We should also state that regardless of how much you brush your teeth, you should never skimp out on dental cleanings and exams. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen us, you should schedule an appointment today.
Dental Health Tips from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth, or have a wisdom tooth extracted, Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.