From brushing and flossing your teeth regularly to visiting a dentist or undergoing cosmetic dentistry to improve your overall smile, your oral healthcare routines typically consist of several steps. However, even the slightest mishandling dip in caring for the tools that you use every day, especially your toothbrush, can ruin all of your efforts to maintain a healthy smile. Therefore, to make your life easier, the professionals at Severance Dental have put together a list of tips and tricks that can help you ensure your toothbrush’s longevity. Read on to find out!
After every brushing session, remember to rinse your toothbrush off with warm tap water to remove any remaining bacteria, saliva, and toothpaste. Bacteria can also build up on your toothbrush’s handle as the saliva and water run down. Therefore, don’t forget to wipe down the handle before putting your toothbrush away.
Applying too much pressure when using a toothbrush isn’t only bad for your teeth, as it can damage the enamel (protective shield) and make your health vulnerable to bacteria, but it is also harmful to your toothbrush. In simpler words, brushing too hard can force the bristles to bend, resulting in the toothbrush being misshapen and less effective.
Moist surfaces are the breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Therefore, once you are done rinsing your toothbrush, keep it upright in a holder and let it air dry. This will help drain all excess water and dry your brush more quickly. Also, when traveling, always make sure to air dry your toothbrush before placing it in a container.
In order to prevent the growth of excessive bacteria on your toothbrush, it is recommended to get it replaced every three to four months. The worn-out bristles of your toothbrush can end up causing significant damage to your teeth.
Make sure to take care of your toothbrush so that it can continue taking good care of you and your smile!