If you keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, then there is a better chance you’ll keep your smile in tip-top shape. This is because your oral hygiene tool will be in the pristine condition that’s needed to properly clean and care for your teeth and gums. So, to help you take good care of your toothbrush in Kenai, Alaska, Dr. Glen Lockwood and our dental team encourage you to do the following things:
No. 1: Clean your hands
Oftentimes, your hands have countless germs that just wait to move onto the next object you touch. This is why it’s important to wash your hands before you brush your teeth. If you wash your hands, those germs won’t transfer over to your toothbrush.
No. 2: Give your brush space
It’s best to keep your toothbrush away from the other toothbrushes in the bathroom. At least do your best to keep the bristles from touching. If you give your brush the space it needs, there is a chance you will avoid the germs from the other brushes.
No. 3: Let your brush dry
Wet bristles can cause trouble, which is why it’s important to let your toothbrush dry before you use it again. If you have trouble with this tip, you can always buy another toothbrush and switch between the two to let them dry properly. Also, if you have a toothbrush cover, make sure the bristles are dry before you put the cover on the brush. This can help you avoid creating a moist and bacterial-rich environment around your bristles.
No. 4: Don’t share
No matter what, don’t share your toothbrush with anyone—not even your family members. Doing so can easily spread germs and even promote tooth decay. So, if possible, always stash an extra toothbrush in your bathroom drawer.
Now, even though these tips can help you keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, you will still need to replace it every 3-4 months or when the toothbrush bristles have been frayed. It’s also important to throw your toothbrush out after you have been sick.
For more tips and information about how to keep your oral hygiene tools in the best condition possible, please don’t hesitate to give Kenai Dental Clinic a call at 907-283-4875. Our dental team will be more than happy to give you the answers you’re looking for so you can have the top-notch smile and oral health you deserve. We look forward to hearing from you!