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The Use and Handling of Toothbrushes

19th March 2019, 10:40am EST

Toothbrushes are a popular household item used regularly for keeping your teeth clean and healthy . Dentists recommend that everyone brush their teeth at least twice a day and to use another cleaning method, like flossing, in between. However, not everyone understands how to safely store and handle their toothbrush so that they are not harvesting germs and bacteria, which may in essence, make them and their families sick.

Below are some pointers on maintaining the life of your toothbrush, brushing properly and proper toothbrush handling.

Change your toothbrush at least once every three months

The ADA recommends that adults change their toothbrushes every three to four months due to regular wear and tear. as the toothbrush bristles will fray and lose effectiveness after prolonged use. Children’s toothbrushes often must be replaced more regularly.

Do not place your toothbrush in the dishwasher

Toothbrushes aren’t designed to withstand such harsh washing conditions and the dishwasher can break down the bristles, as well as create choking hazards for small children if the bristles begin to loosen.

Prevent the spread of germs and cross contamination

Do not cover your toothbrush after brushing your teeth, which will create a warm and moist environment where bacteria can grow. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after using and allow it to fully air dry. If toothbrushes are kept together, make sure that all of the bristles are turned away from one another, which will help prevent cross contamination of germs. Sanitize toothbrushes at least once a week in warm, soapy water and then air dry. Also, consider storing your toothbrush in a place other than the bathroom, which contains many airborne bacteria.

Invest in an automatic toothbrush and look for the ADA seal on the toothbrush package

Automatic toothbrushes are a great assistant for getting teeth cleaner than a manual toothbrush, especially for children and those that struggle with a regular toothbrush. An ADA seal on a toothbrush is assurance that the toothbrush has been tested by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs for safety and efficiency.

Utilizing these tips can help you get your teeth cleaner, prevent the spread of germs and maximize the life of your toothbrush.

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