Your toothbrush is key to a great oral health routine, but it’s important you have a toothbrush that can do its job effectively to protect your oral health and overall health.
Your mouth is the gateway to your body and is also a great place for harboring bacteria. These bacteria can make you sick, plus cause tooth decay and gum disease.
That’s why proper toothbrush care is important. An old, frayed toothbrush is less effective in removing plaque and keeping your teeth, gums and mouth clean. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.1 Additionally, a toothbrush can actually carry lingering germs from the moment you open the package, so rinsing and keeping your toothbrush clean are necessary factors in maintaining a healthy mouth and body.
Along with taking care of your teeth, your toothbrush needs to be taken care of, too. This will help ensure that it’s an even stronger ally in your everyday oral health.
- Don’t share your toothbrush with others.
- Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after each use with water to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris.
- Don’t store all the family toothbrushes in one container, and don’t share a tube of toothpaste with someone who is sick. Germs can be easily transferred by doing this.
- Make sure your toothbrush is dry before placing it inside a toothbrush cover. Bacteria thrive in warm, moist places.
- Wash your hands before and after brushing, as they carry additional forms of bacteria.
- Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when bristles start to fray.
This information is available to download as an oral health flyer.
1 American Dental Association, “Statement on Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storage and Replacement,” web.