What Have You Done for Your Toothbrush Lately?
Your toothbrush takes care of your mouth in so many ways. It keeps your teeth, gums, and tongue clean and accesses hard-to-reach areas in your mouth to remove food particles and plaque. It reduces your risk for gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. It keeps your body healthy, your breath fresh, and your smile bright and confident.
Your toothbrush does a lot for you, but what do you do for it?
- Clean your toothbrush!
Rinsing your toothbrush under the tap after you finish brushing does not get rid of the bacteria and germs you just scrubbed off your teeth. The most convenient way for you to clean your toothbrush is to pop it into a glass of mouthwash you keep by the sink. Mouthwash contains alcohol and/or antiseptic agents that not only kill germs but also prevent bacteria from growing. There are other ways to clean your toothbrush that require a little more effort on your part. Hold the bristle end of the toothbrush in boiling water for a few seconds or run it through the dishwasher on the hot cycle (without detergent, of course). No matter what you choose to do, cleaning your toothbrush regularly is one of the best ways you can take care of it.
- Store your toothbrush correctly.
Because you are trying to keep your toothbrush as germ-free as possible, do not store it on the counter top near the toilet. Every time the toilet is flushed, germs and bacteria become airborne and land on surfaces throughout the bathroom—including the surface of your toothbrush. Also, do not store your toothbrush in an airtight container (such as a travel toothbrush carrier) because germs flourish in moist areas. Instead, store your toothbrush bristle-end up where it can air out: a closed bathroom drawer or a medicine cabinet. And put the lid of the toilet down when flushing to reduce the risk of germs spreading throughout your bathroom.
- Get rid of that old toothbrush.
Are you brushing with a toothbrush that has bristles that are worn down, bent, yellowed, or frayed? When your toothbrush looks this sorry, it is time to get a replacement—a worn and old toothbrush simply cannot clean your teeth properly. You’ll love the feel of the stiff, clean bristles against your teeth, and your teeth will get a proper cleaning.
- Ask us for a toothbrush recommendation.
We are anxious to help you keep your mouth clean and healthy. If you have questions about which toothbrush to use, give us a call or ask us at your next dental appointment. We will gladly answer any of your questions regarding your teeth, your toothbrush, and your brushing routine. If you take care of your toothbrush, it will take care of you.
Learning how to brush your teeth properly is the first step to maintaining healthy teeth and gums by removing food particles, plaque, and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. Plus, it helps minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, the major causes of tooth loss. The toothbrush is an oral hygiene instrument used to clean the teeth, gums, and tongue. It consists of a head of tightly clustered bristle–atop of which toothpaste is supposed to go–mounted on a handle which facilitates the cleaning of hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.
For all of your family, cosmetic or restorative dental needs, we invite you to contact Paris Family Dental. Call us today to schedule your appointment at (903) 732-0061! Visit us at 2333 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75460 to learn more about our team, our practice, and how we provide excellence in dentistry in our area.