All about Toothbrush Care

Posted December 21, 2016.

Do you let your oral health care slide? If so, you are not alone. Thousands of people suffer from cavities and gum disease, along with other dental conditions which could have been easily diverted with proper oral health care habits. One of these oral health care habits includes taking care of your oral health tools such as your toothbrush. Your toothbrush is vital to keeping plaque and bacteria away from your teeth and gums. If your toothbrush is not properly cared for, then you could be putting your smile at risk.

Here are some tips about caring for your toothbrush, so you can keep your smile in excellent shape:

  • Always keep your toothbrush clean and stored in an upright position.
  • Always use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Toothbrushes with hard bristles can damage your gums.
  • Look for toothbrushes that are ADA-approved with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
  • Always be sure to keep your toothbrush in a fresh air environment and avoid keeping it in closed containers.
  • Do not use or share toothbrushes from someone else.
  • Try to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or earlier if necessary. Children’s toothbrushes need to be replaced more often.
  • Don’t let toothbrushes touch or come into contact with one another, as this can cause cross-contamination.
  • Make sure your toothbrush is the proper size and shape, so it can fit into your mouth easily and reach all areas for cleaning efficiently.

A clean toothbrush is imperative for a clean mouth. If you have any questions or concerns or need to book an exam or professional cleaning, contact your dentist at Robert E. Walinchus, DMD. If you would like to schedule a visit with Dr. Robert Walinchus, please call us at 610-543-3674, or visit our office in Springfield, Pennsylvania. We look forward to making your smile even better this holiday season!