Cleaning Your Toothbrush
You probably know that brushing your teeth twice a day is vital to your dental health. You may even know that replacing your toothbrush every three months or after illness can keep your smile and your body healthier. What is less commonly known is that you can take steps every day to keep your toothbrush cleaner and more effective for the next brushing session.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, cleaning your toothbrush can control the growth of microorganisms and reduce the risk of disease. Begin by washing your hands with soap and water before and after cleaning your teeth. Once you have finished brushing, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly using warm water. Store it upright in an open area to air dry it. Storing it in a closed container or horizontally can allow it to foster bacteria growth. Avoid storing it near the toilet, and always flush with the lid down to keep bacteria from aerosolizing into the room and landing on your toothbrush.
Your toothbrush should be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours before you use it again, which means that you should have a spare on hand to brush twice a day. Never share your toothbrush with others, including family members, and store your toothbrush separately. Replace it every three months. Keeping your smile healthy is a joint effort that requires both at-home care and routine checkups. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara.
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