Taking Care of Your Toothbrush

Taking Care of Your Toothbrush

When it comes to dental care, we often hear about how important it is to brush and floss properly. But what about taking care of your actual toothbrush? At Southern Charm Dental, we often find that our patients are using the wrong type of toothbrush, storing it improperly and often using them much longer than they should be.

Using an improper toothbrush or one that is worn or damaged can actually be bad for your oral health. When it comes to selecting and caring for your toothbrush, please follow the below tips:

When to Replace Your Toothbrush

When it comes to replacing your toothbrush, we recommend getting a new one at least every 4 months. As you use your toothbrush, the bristles will become worn and damaged, making them less effective at properly cleaning your teeth and reaching every area. If you notice that your toothbrush is damaged before 4 months, we recommend replacing it immediately. We also recommend replacing your toothbrush immediately if you have been sick as the bacteria and germs can become trapped in your toothbrush.

Picking Out a Toothbrush

Although it may seem like a harder brush will clean your teeth better, hard bristles can actually be damaging to your teeth. At Southern Charm Dental, we recommend always using a toothbrush with soft bristles as these are best for your teeth.

For those with mobility issues, an electric toothbrush may be a better option. An electric toothbrush can make it easier to properly clean teeth when a patient can’t properly reach or brush.

Storing Your Toothbrush

When it comes to storing your toothbrush, location can be very important. We recommend:

  • Storing your toothbrush is an area with open air. Never use containers or store them in damp, dark places. Bacteria can thrive and overgrow in a moist, dark environment.
  • Making sure your toothbrush is never touching anyone else’s while being stored. Bacteria and germs can be transferred between brushes if they touch.
  • Be sure to always rinse your toothbrush after use, before storing it.
  • Make sure your toothbrush is not located near the toilet; when you flush bacteria can actually disperse six feet around your toilet.