Keep Your Toothbrush Clean and Sanitary
When you brush your teeth, you’re main concern is, of course, removing food debris and plaque from your teeth. But your mouth is full of bacteria (including those found in plaque), much of which ends up on your toothbrush.
According to the American Dental Association, studies show that microorganisms can grow on your toothbrush, but no hard evidence has shown that bacterial growth on toothbrushes can cause specific health problems. Evidence is also lacking to prove that using an antibacterial mouth rinse or commercial sanitizer will clean your toothbrush.
But keeping your toothbrush as sanitary as possible will help keep your teeth clean and healthy. The ADA offers some tips for keeping your toothbrush clean:
- Do not share your toothbrush with anyone, not even your spouse or child.
- Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water after you use it to remove toothpaste, plaque, and food debris.
- Store your toothbrush in an upright position whenever possible and let it air dry. Don’t use a toothbrush cover, because it will hold moisture in, which promotes bacterial growth.
- Just as you wouldn’t share your toothbrush, do not store it next to other toothbrushes. When the brushes touch, they transfer bacteria to each other.
- Change your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles fray or if you’ve been sick. This will also keep the toothbrush more effective.
Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago dentist, will help you care for other aspects of your dental health, like dental checkups, cleanings, and restorations for decayed or broken teeth. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest, call us today at 847.234.0517 today. Dr. Fondriest provides general and cosmetic dental procedures to patients in Lake Forest, IL, the North Shore, and the greater Chicago area.