Your Toothbrush and How to Keep it Clean

Your Toothbrush and How to Keep it CleanYour toothbrush can be one of the most important tools you have in your fight against bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Taking care of your toothbrush can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and reduce your risk of illness or infection. Our cosmetic dentist in Northridge explains how to keep your toothbrush and your smile healthier.

We recommend brushing at least twice a day or after meals for the best results. Before brushing, wash your hands using warm water and soap. Brush for about two minutes, and then rinse your toothbrush with warm water. Store it upright in an open container to air dry, and allow it to dry completely between uses since a damp toothbrush can contribute to bacterial growth. While many people store their toothbrushes in the bathroom, this can be a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. Store yours away from the toilet, and always flush with the lid closed to minimize the risk of contamination.

Avoid sharing toothbrushes, which can transfer germs between people. If you are sick, replace your toothbrush once you have recovered. You will also need to replace your brush about every three months or when the bristles appear worn since worn bristles can damage teeth and gums.

Good dental hygiene practices can be one of the most important things you do for your smile. Maintaining your toothbrush makes your dental hygiene regimen more effective. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.

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