Good oral health is most important, and we take every step to ensure that our teeth and gums stay clean and healthy. To protect our oral health, we brush our teeth twice a day, but do we ever consider the condition of the toothbrush we place in our mouth?
If you do not take good care of your toothbrush, it may affect your oral health. You may begin having bad breath, cavities, and gum infections.
The first step to maintaining your toothbrush is to clean it regularly. Pour some warm water on it while moving the bristles to let the water flow through the toothbrush and reach every part. When you store your toothbrush, place it somewhere dry and clean, where the toothbrush is safe from bacteria. Dentists usually recommend that you change your toothbrush every three to four months. If the bristles on the brush are broken or worn out, you should change your toothbrush immediately.
When you brush your teeth, move your hand gently. Too much force or vigorous motion can damage the gums, causing bleeding, gum disease, and infection in the mouth. All that force will affect your toothbrush as well, a few bristles may bend or break, and the toothbrush may be ineffective afterward in giving you a thorough cleanse.
Lastly, always remember never to share your toothbrush with anyone else. If someone uses your toothbrush, then that toothbrush will have the bacteria from their mouth all over it. Placing such bacteria in your mouth is extremely dangerous. Similarly, sharing a toothbrush may cause periodontitis, also known as gum disease.
Protecting your oral health is essential. At Sair Dental Group Houston, our dentists are prepared to guide you further and answer any queries you may have. Call us at 832.924.2666 and book an appointment. We are always happy to help.