The most tool you have for keeping your teeth and mouth healthy is your toothbrush. Using your toothbrush twice a day will go a long way to keeping your smile in good shape. While your toothbrush is a fairly simple piece of equipment, it does need a little care and maintenance. But don’t worry, it does not take much to keep your toothbrush in good shape.
Your toothbrush needs to be cleaned after you use it. Fortunately, all you need to do to clean it is to run the bristles under the tap until the bristles are free of food particles and toothpaste. Your toothbrush does not need to be microwaved, run through the dishwasher or boiled in order to sterilize it. In fact, doing those things will probably only damage the bristles. You can soak your toothbrush in mouthwash, or a sterilizing solution, but do so for no longer than fifteen minutes. Store your toothbrush upright and in a place where the air can dry it. Do not store toothbrushes near one another, since that can result in the cross contamination of oral bacteria.
The best thing that you can do to keep your toothbrush in working well is to inspect the bristles every time you brush your teeth. If the bristles are worn, flattened or drooping, it is time to throw it out and purchase a new one. If your toothbrush is three months old or older, it is time to retire it. Since children tend to brush with a bit more energy than adults, their toothbrushes may need to be replaced on a more frequent basis.
If you have questions about caring for your smile, or if it is just time for your routine cleaning and exam, then you should take time out to see our dentist, Dr Jee Lee. To make an appointment at Dental Group of Anaheim in Anaheim, California, call 714-635-5500 today. We’re looking forward to helping you have the best smile possible.