We use our toothbrushes twice a day. They are arguably the most important tool in keeping our smiles bright and healthy, so it’s important to make sure we are taking care of them properly! Here are the answers to some important questions you may have about your toothbrush:
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
We recommend that you replace your toothbrush whenever the bristles become frayed, but at least every 6 months (our patients receive a new toothbrush with each hygiene visit!). Worn toothbrushes are far less effective at cleaning your teeth, so even if you are brushing twice a day you will not receive the full benefits of brushing if you are using a brush with frayed bristles. Make sure that you check your brushes often for signs of wear, and keep in mind that children’s brushes often need to be replaced more frequently.
How do I clean my toothbrush?
Make sure to thoroughly rinse your brush after each time you brush your teeth. This will remove all remaining toothpaste and debris, ensuring that your toothbrush will last longer and be clean for your next use.
How should I store my toothbrush?
Store your toothbrush upright in an open container or toothbrush holder. If you are storing multiple brushes in the same holder, make sure they are separated to prevent cross contamination.
What happens if I share my toothbrush?
It is highly recommended that you do not share a toothbrush with anybody. Sharing toothbrushes could result in an exchange of bodily fluids and/or microorganisms, which could put each user at risk for infection.
What type of toothbrush should I use?
The type of toothbrush we recommend depends on the individual. For some people, electric toothbrushes work best. Others would be fine with a non-electric, soft bristle brush. Next time you come in for an appointment, ask us what kind of toothbrush we recommend for you!
Source: ada.org. “Statement on Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storage and Replacement”