How often do you switch out your toothbrush? There’s a rule of thumb that you should swap it out every three months, especially if you’ve been sick lately. With cold and flu season on the way, and even more germs floating around, there’s no better time to learn about how to clean your toothbrush.
First off, let’s have a look at the underlying fundamentals of a toothbrush. Everyone takes it for granted because it’s so simple. It can’t be that hard to use one, can it? But when you were a small child, your parents still had to show you the motions involved. If you struggle with fine motor control, then this can be quite a challenge. Modern toothbrushes are usually made with plastic and nylon. The handle is plastic and the bristles are made from nylon. After a while though, the handle will start become more pliable and the bristles will begin to fray. When your toothbrush is too old, it won’t be cleaning your mouth anymore – it’ll spread more bacteria around instead.
Make It Last
So now, let’s look at how to make your toothbrush last longer. Once you’re done using it, be sure to take a minute to rinse it off before putting it away. Use a lint-free cloth to pat it dry. Letting it air-dry might not always work out. Make sure you stand it up instead of letting it lay flat. Sometimes you can put your toothbrush in the dishwasher to sanitize it if you are concerned. If you’re going somewhere, make sure that the toothbrush is completely dry. Alternatively, you can choose a new toothbrush to take with you on your travels. If you don’t let your toothbrush get some air from time to time, then you will invite mold growth on it.
What to Avoid
Finally, let’s examine some pointers for what to avoid. Normally sharing is caring, but when it comes to a toothbrush, you should keep it to yourself. Let your toothbrush get some air when you’re done. Putting it away in the cabinet under the sink isn’t a good idea. Finally, don’t leave it by the toilet. The lid can’t keep all the bacteria in it.
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HAPPY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!