Toothbrush Care and Replacement

Dr.Alan Wishneff Boca Raton Florida Dentist Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
July 12, 2016

Everyone knows the best way to maintain proper oral health is for adults and kids to brush their teeth on a regular ToothbrushHolderbasis. In order to have good oral health it is very important to take good care of your toothbrush. It is key to reduce the amount of germs living on the actual toothbrush. A clean toothbrush helps to keep your mouth clean.

Your mouth is full of microorganisms (germs) that can jump from the mouth onto the brush. Even toothbrushes freshly out of the package can contain some germs. Manufacturers are not required to sell the brushes in sterile packages.

The American Dental Association (ADA) has some recommendations to ensure proper toothbrush care.

  • You should never share your toothbrush with other people. Just like passing along the flu, if you share a brush you can pass along bodily fluids between each other.
  • Always rinse the toothbrush after each use. Rinse it with tap water to wash away any remaining toothpaste and debris.
  • Store your toothbrush in an upright position so it can air dry. If there are multiple brushes being stored, keep them separated so germs are not spread between them. Do not cover the brush or store it in a closed container. This provides a moist environment where germs can grow.
  • Remember to replace your toothbrush. Most dentists suggest replacing your toothbrush every three months. A child’s brush may need to be replaced more often than an adult’s. Continuously check the brush for signs of wear. Frayed bristles are a sign that the toothbrush needs to be replaced. A worn toothbrush is less effective in cleaning your teeth and removing plaque.

It is ideal to brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluorinated toothpaste.

For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff  at [email protected]  or call (561) 488-3111Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.

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