Importance of Cleaning Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is an essential tool for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but it can actually contribute to problems if you fail to keep it clean. You can maximize the oral health support that you get from brushing your teeth by following a few simple rules. Here is more about why you should clean your toothbrush and how you can do it.
Reasons for Keeping a Clean Toothbrush
The mouth is full of bacteria that can collect on a toothbrush over time. This is particularly true if you have ongoing oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Furthermore, storing your toothbrush improperly can actually compound the problem. If you care for your toothbrush consistently, you can enjoy better oral health and reduce your likelihood of needing dental treatment later.
How to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean
Each time you brush your teeth, wash your hands with soap and water beforehand and again prior to storing your toothbrush. Be sure to rinse your toothbrush thoroughly and store it in a dry, air-circulated location with the bristles facing up.
Never let anybody else use your toothbrush. If someone has an active oral bacterial infestation related to cavities or gingivitis, the bacteria could remain on your toothbrush and cause problems in your own mouth.
If you get a cold or flu, replace your toothbrush afterwards. The pathogen could remain on the toothbrush and sicken you later or attack your oral tissues.
Clinical prevention through regular checkups and dental cleanings should be used alongside daily home dental hygiene and toothbrush maintenance for the best possible oral health. You can learn more about how to care for your teeth and your toothbrush at a consultation with our dentist.
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