We routinely toss washcloths in the washing machine, and throw out the loofah that has been in the shower for a few months. We don’t have to think twice about cleaning or replacing these items we use to clean ourselves. So why is it that we neglect our toothbrushes?
Keeping your toothbrush clean and fresh is important to your overall health. Here are a few guidelines about toothbrush care:
- Washing: Rinse any debris from your toothbrush after each use. For a deeper clean soak it in antibacterial mouthwash, or use a toothbrush sanitizer.
- Upright Position: Toothbrushes should be stored upright, like in a cup or holder. They should never be stored in an airtight container, as bacteria can develop.
- Let it go: Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after an illness. This includes electric toothbrush heads and traditional toothbrushes.
- Be selfish: Never share your toothbrush with anyone. Sharing toothbrushes can transfer harmful bacteria.
Taking care of your toothbrush is very important, but remember that having good dental health begins with regular visits to the dentist. Contact The Dental Center today to make your appointment.