You brush and floss twice a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean. But are you giving the same care to your toothbrush? Keeping your toothbrush clean and healthy is essential for your oral health. Arlington Heights dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg offers some tips on how to keep your toothbrush at peak performance.
- Toothbrush Storage: Where and how you store your toothbrush is important. Never keep your toothbrush in a case or in a dark place. Damp dark places are ideal for bacteria growth that can lead to gum disease or tooth decay. Keep your toothbrush at least six feet away from your toilet to avoid catching airborne particles with your bristles.
- Rinse After Use: It is a good idea to rinse your toothbrush off after each use. Your toothbrush works to remove bacteria and food particles from your teeth and gums and so it is a good idea to rinse that off of your brush. Between each use, you can either rinse your brush with some water or dunk it in some mouthwash for extra clean bristles.
- Let It Dry: Make sure you keep your brush bristle side up in the open air. It is important for your toothbrush to get the chance to dry out to avoid bacteria growth. If your toothbrush is stored with others, be sure they do not touch to avoid spreading germs. Never use someone else’s toothbrush as this can lead to the spread of bacteria that causes gum disease.
- Replace Often: Dr. Engelberg recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months. This way bacteria does not have a chance to take over. After about three months the bristles begin to break down and do not clean as effectively. A new clean brush every few months help keep your smile clean and fresh.
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Preventative dental care is essential for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Keeping your smile healthy and functional starts with proper twice a day brushing and flossing. Visiting our Arlington Heights dentist office twice a year for professional dental cleanings and an oral health exam can also keep your smile bright and beautiful. Schedule your routine visit with Dr. Brent Engelberg. Contact our office or schedule your visit with us online.