What are you doing to keep your toothbrush clean? If you are looking to improve your tooth brushing skills, one easy technique is to improve the care you give to your toothbrush. If your toothbrush is past its expiration date or has fallen into disrepair, it will not be able to do the job expected of it. In addition, if your toothbrush becomes cross-contaminated it could potentially harm your teeth and gums more than it could help.
Cross-contamination with toothbrushes is common when two or more individuals live together because toothbrushes continually get stored together, which is an easy way for bacteria to be transferred from one toothbrush to another. To avoid these problems, always store your toothbrushes alone and standing upright.
Be sure to avoid storing toothbrushes in enclosed areas or spaces with little to no ventilation, as these areas can develop into cesspools for bacteria and easily contaminate your brush. Remember that your brush goes in your mouth, so for sanitary reasons, do everything you can to keep it sparkling.
Before purchasing a toothbrush, speak with your dentist to find out which brush would work best for you, and look for toothbrushes that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance or choose a brush that your dentist has recommended. Always try to find a toothbrush that fits acceptably in your mouth and avoid brushes with hard bristles, as they can damage your teeth and gums.
If you would like to speak with Dr. Nidal Obeid and our team about a professional cleaning, please schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Family Dental of Roscoe in Chicago, Illinois, by calling (773) 327-6500. We will do our best to help you in any way we can.