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Tips for Taking Care of Your Toothbrush

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
image of a green travel toothbrushYou might not notice it, but your toothbrush is one of your most precious assets. A well-maintained toothbrush is critical to your oral routine and dental health. Depending on its state, a toothbrush determines if your teeth, gums, and tongue remain healthy. It helps remove plaque and lodged food debris, keeping your mouth fresh and bacteria-free. However, it has a limited lifespan. After about three months, your toothbrush will become less effective. If you maintain a proper oral routine, the toothbrush bristles will flatten or become frayed. Fortunately, you can prolong its life using the following maintenance tips:

Avoid Excess Pressure When Brushing

Exerting too much pressure when brushing does not necessarily clean your teeth efficiently. The opposite is true. Vigorous brushing damages tooth enamel and destroys your toothbrush. It can also injure the gums and cause bleeding. Gentle brushing is a safe way to clean your teeth and maintain your toothbrush.

Rinse Your Toothbrush After Brushing

After brushing, consider rinsing your toothbrush under clean running water. Rinsing your toothbrush eradicates bacterial residue and sanitizes your brush. Running tap water is sufficient, but you can dip the brush in white vinegar to remove germs.

Air Dry Your Toothbrush

Avoid leaving your brush wet, as doing so triggers bacterial and mold growth. Air dry your toothbrush by keeping it upright to drain it and kill germs.

Store Your Toothbrush in an Upright Position

Keep your toothbrush upright with the head in a vertical position. Invest in a toothbrush holder to ensure proper storage and prevent bacterial exposure.

Change Your Toothbrush Every Three Months

As stated, a toothbrush becomes less effective over time. The soft bristles will deteriorate after 3 to 4 months of use. For this reason, consider replacing your toothbrush with a new one.

Contact Us for More Toothbrush Maintenance Tips

When you visit our dentistry, our professionals will teach you several ways to make the most of your toothbrush and maintain your dental health. Contact us for more tips on toothbrush maintenance.

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