Dr. Andrew Huang says, “taking care of your teeth and gums is important and one can start with taking care of your toothbrush.”
Your toothbrush is your tool to remove bacteria and debris from your mouth, so take time to make sure it stays clean. Treating your toothbrush right benefits everyone – especially during winter cold and flu season.
Following are a few tips offered by Dr. Andrew Huang of Santa Teresa Dental.
- Avoid sharing toothbrushes. The saliva and blood that your toothbrush contacts inside your mouth carry bacteria you don’t want to share with your friends and family. This is a particularly important consideration for people with compromised immune systems.
- After brushing, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water to remove toothpaste and debris, allow the toothbrush to air-dry, and store it in an upright position. If multiple brushes are stored in the same holder, try not to let them touch each other.
- If you’ll be sharing a toothpaste tube, consider putting a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a piece of wax paper before dispensing any onto the toothbrush. This will prevent you from sharing germs when the tube comes in contact with all of the toothbrushes.
- Toward the same end, make sure each person has a cup ready for rinsing after brushing. Don’t share one cup.
- Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. Doing this creates a humid environment that is more conducive to bacterial growth than the open air.
Dr. Andrew Huang recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Children’s toothbrushes often need to be replaced more frequently. Call us at (408) 782-6568 or email us at info@stDental.com for further inquiries!