Dental Care 101: Your Toothbrush

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Taking care of your toothbrush is a vital part of your oral hygiene. Without effective tools, your toothbrush time will be significantly less effective, which may result in tooth decay or other problems.

A toothbrush only lasts for about 3-4 months, even if the bristles look fine. Bacteria grow on toothbrushes, and after 3-4 months, it’s time for a new one. Use this opportunity to treat yourself! There are a number of styles and colors available, even for adult toothbrushes. Try an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer, or just buy a conventional toothbrush in your favorite color. There is no reason for your toothbrush to be boring!

When you store your new toothbrush, make sure to leave it in open air. Closed-off spaces are prime breeding ground for bacteria, and can spread to your mouth through your toothbrush. If you must leave it in a closed space, say for traveling purposes, be sure to air it out as much as possible.

Ideally, don’t store your toothbrush around other toothbrushes. If you need to do that, make sure the heads aren’t touching, as that leads to quick cross-contamination. Similarly, never use your toothbrush for anything other than brushing your own teeth. Toothbrush sharing is, simply, gross. It spreads bacteria, and even disease and infection. It render your toothbrush useless for you, and will require you to replace it.

Lastly, be sure to support your toothbrushing efforts with regular dental appointments and cleanings. This will ensure your smile stays bright and happy. If you live in the Corvallis, Oregon area, be sure to call North Point Dental Group, LLC at 541-754-4017. Drs. Mark P. Swensen and Dr. Haslam will be happy to help keep your smile healthy and clean!