Practice better hygiene by taking better care of your toothbrush! Here are a couple important toothbrush Do’s and Don’ts:
Do: Change it Every Three Months.
Once the bristles on your toothbrush start to soften and fray, it’s time to replace it because it will no longer clean your teeth thoroughly. It’s also a good idea to keep an extra toothbrush in your medicine cabinet so you won’t have to take the time out of your day to go buy a new one each time. Children’s toothbrushes should be replaced every two months on average. After each time you brush, be sure to store your toothbrush upright to allow the bristles to dry quickly, and it should always be kept away from the sink or toilet to avoid contamination. When you travel, make sure your toothbrush is completely dry before packing it.
Don’t: Leave Your Toothbrush Exposed to Germs
One of the easiest ways to avoid contamination is to let it completely dry because bacteria can’t grow or survive on dry bristles. Don’t place a wet toothbrush in a closed container because harmful germs can get trapped in that enclosed space. Don’t allow different toothbrushes to touch, which can also increase the chances of contamination. Sharing toothbrushes with anyone else is never a good idea, and the best way to clean each one is to rinse thoroughly in cold water. Don’t clean your toothbrush by placing it in a hot dishwasher because it can damage the bristles, and also don’t soak it in mouthwash or any similar type of disinfectant. While it may seem like a good way to kill bacteria, mouthwash can increase the chances of introducing harsh chemicals to your mouth. It’s also important to use proper brushing technique in a gentle circular motion over each of your teeth, particularly if you have more sensitive gums. Finally, don’t forget to pick up a new pack of dental floss each time you replace your toothbrush.