We are told over and over again how important it is to brush our teeth regularly and floss, and for good reason. It is very important to brush at least twice a day and to floss to keep our teeth maintained and healthy until our next dental exam and professional cleaning. Yet, we don’t often think about the health of our toothbrush. If our toothbrush isn’t properly maintained and cleaned it is going to do a pretty poor job of keeping our teeth, gums, and tongue in good condition. For this reason, taking the time to understand how to keep a toothbrush in good working order will improve your normal oral health routine.
There are various different types of toothbrushes, floss, and flossing devices that we can use to maintain our smile. Determining the best options for your optimal oral health is something you can discuss with your San Diego family dentist at McBride Dental. If you would like recommendations on products or have questions about how to best care for your teeth, Dr. McBride is a San Marcos family dentist that can answer your questions and point you in the right direction.
It is necessary to clean your toothbrush so that when you use it to clean your teeth, it does the job well. Most of us take our toothbrush out of our mouth and give it a couple of seconds under a stream of water from our faucet, shake it a bit, and then place it in its holder. Well, the truth is, a couple of seconds of clean water from your sink isn’t going to kill those germs that you were trying to scrub off of your teeth. And if you had some type of cold and you used your toothbrush to clean your teeth, now those nasty bugs sitting on your bristles putting you at risk of being constantly exposed to harm.
You can clean your toothbrush though and keep it in good condition. Your general dentist likely has told you about the importance of mouthwash after every brushing session. So there is a good chance that if you are a diligent patient and listen to your doctor’s orders you always have some mouthwash on hand. You can soak your toothbrush in some mouthwash to rid it of germs. Boiling your toothbrush can also remove the germs, or you can place your toothbrush in the area where you put your silverware in your dishwasher and run it. Just make sure not to use detergent if you choose this option.
Keeping our toothbrushes clean is important to assisting our efforts aimed at maintaining teeth that are shiny and healthy. You may want to skip cleaning your toothbrush though if your brush has discolored bristles or bristles that are bent and frayed. When this happens, it is time to get a new brush. Dr. McBride is a San Diego general dentist who is here to help you protect your smile. Call the San Marcos general dentists at McBride Dental today for a free consultation or to schedule a cleaning at (760) 471-1003.