Medicine Hat Dentists’ Top Ten Tips for Proper Toothbrush Hygiene
Think your toothbrush can’t get dirty? Think again. Dentists in Medicine Hat agree that proper toothbrush care should be an important part of maintaining your overall dental health. Here are a few tips for keeping your toothbrush clean:
1. Replace often
On average, you should go through about 4-6 toothbrushes per year. Replace your brush whenever the bristles start to look worn.
2. Especially after you’ve been sick
You should always replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold, flu, or other oral infection. With a new brush you can avoid reinfection.
3. Wash before use
Toothbrushes don’t come in sterile packaging, so they can be dirty even when they’re brand new. Always rinse well before using.
4. Don’t share
Forget what your kindergarten teacher told you. When it comes to your toothbrush, sharing is a bad idea.
5. Rinse thoroughly
Run your toothbrush under hot water before and after each use to rinse off excess toothpaste or dust.
6. Dry thoroughly
In order to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria you need to allow your toothbrush to dry completely after each use.
7. Stand up straight
Toothbrushes should be stored standing up straight so that the water drains away from the bristles. They should never be covered (or they won’t dry properly) and they shouldn’t be touching other toothbrushes otherwise bacteria can pass from one brush to another.
8. Stay away from the toilet
Every time you flush tiny particles of toilet water are distributed throughout the air. The best way to avoid getting any of these particles on your toothbrush is to put the lid down before you flush and store brushes far away from the toilet.
9. Steer clear of the sink too
The sink is a hotspot for bacteria that can easily be splashed onto your toothbrush.
10. Don’t spray too close
When cleaning your bathroom, take care not to spray cleaning solutions too close to your toothbrush. You want to avoid getting chemicals on your brush and into your mouth.
Medicine Hat dentists recommend keeping your toothbrush in a well-aerated holder stored away from the toilet and the splash-zone around the sink. If you have questions about maintaining your dental hygiene or which type of toothbrush you should be using, visit Crestwood Dental—Medicine Hat’s favourite family dental clinic.