We all know that a good oral hygiene routine is the best way to take care of your teeth, and brushing your teeth twice a day plays a key role in maintaining peak oral health. But how much attention do you actually pay to your toothbrush? The condition of your toothbrush makes a big difference in how effectively you clean your teeth and gums.
Clean your toothbrush
Keeping your toothbrush clean takes very little effort – simply rinse it with tap water after you are finished brushing to remove any leftover toothpaste and food debris. You can use an antibacterial mouthrinse to soak your toothbrush if you wish, however there is no evidence to show whether this has any positive or negative health effects.
Store your brush in an open container
Moisture can encourage the growth of unwanted bacteria, so it’s best to store your toothbrush upright and allow it to air-dry uncovered until the next use.
Don’t share your toothbrush!
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, the mouth contains more than 700 species of bacteria. Although many of these are harmless, some (such as staph and E.coli) can cause illness and infection. Sharing a toothbrush is an easy way to catch a cold (or worse), so keep it away from others. You should also try to store your toothbrush so that it isn’t touching other brushes in the bathroom to avoid cross-contamination.
Replace your toothbrush ever 2-3 months
Over time, the bristles on your toothbrush become frayed with use, making them less effective. Toothbrushes wear out at different rates depending on individual brushing techniques, so check regularly for signs of wear and tear and replace if needed. If you have a cold or other illness you should replace the toothbrush (or brush head if you are using an electric toothbrush) immediately to avoid reinfection.
Did you know?
- The very first bristle toothbrush was invented in China during the Tang Dynasty (619-907).
- Brushing your teeth three times a day for two minutes each time can burn more than 3,500 calories per year!
- You should keep your toothbrush at least two metres away from a toilet to avoid airborne bacteria particles.
- The world’s most expensive toothbrush is made of titanium and costs US $4,000!
Keeping regular appointments with your dental hygienist plays a vital role in maintaining peak oral health. To book your next hygienist visit at Exeter Advanced Dentistry, call us today.