Toothbrushes can get extremely dirty, even if you keep them in a safe place. Germs and bacteria are everywhere, and they long to live in your toothbrush bristles. To help you keep those germs and bacteria away from your smile-cleaning tool, our Smiles Dental team has some helpful tips for you:
-Wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after you brush your teeth.
-After brushing, rinse your brush with warm water and store it in a place where it can air dry.
-Don’t cover your toothbrush bristles until they are completely dry.
-Only brush your teeth with a dry toothbrush.
-Don’t share your toothbrush with anyone—even your family members. Also, try not to store your toothbrush where it might touch other toothbrush bristles.
-Replace your toothbrush after you’ve used it for three to four months and after you’ve been sick.
-If one of your family members is sick, have them use a different tube of toothpaste so they don’t spread germs.
If you do these things, your toothbrush will remain clean and pristine, and your oral health will stay in tip-top shape! If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about oral hygiene in Vancouver, Washington, please call 360.553.3271 today. Your dentist, Dr. Sarah Barber, and our dental team are more than happy to give you the tips you need to achieve your smile goals!