Toothbrush Care

Published on December 26, 2011 by

Your dentist recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months or earlier if the nylon bristles begin to fray and lose their shape. Toothbrushes with frayed bristles tend more to rub your teeth rather than brush them properly. This can increase tooth wear and gum injury. After each use your dentist recommends that you rinse your toothbrush thoroughly, making sure to remove any plaque or food debris stuck in the bristles. Your toothbrush should also be stored in a dry and clean area. Wet brushes allow bacteria to grow. Some dentists recommend cleaning your toothbrush with antiseptic mouth rinses to reduce or eliminate bacterial growth. Another recommendation your dentist has about storing your toothbrush, is to keep it approximately six feet away from the toilet. Since bathrooms are usually not very large, you may want to consider getting a plastic case for your toothbrush or even storing it in another room. Toilet bacteria have been found on some toothbrushes stored within 6 feet of the toilet!

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