Dental hygiene requires more than regular brushing and flossing the teeth. Most people I know change their toothbrush on some type of schedule because the practice has been ingrained since childhood.
Bacteria and other microbes unseen by the human eye hang out on the bristles. That isn’t surprising as they share the same air and environment we live in. The American Dental Association is quick to assure us that there isn’t enough evidence that growth on a toothbrush will result in “specific adverse oral or systemic health effects.”
That’s good news, and there’s more! Proper care of your toothbrush removes bacteria and retains its brushing power.
1.Keep your toothbrush in the open. Bacteria and other microorganisms thrive without light and fresh air. If it’s undercover during travel, take it out once you arrive at your destination.
2. Use tap water to rinse the brush after every use. Check to be sure all the toothpaste is off the bristles.
Most of us are in the habit of changing toothbrushes every 3 months or so, or after being sick. As a mom, I know how important it is to replace younger kids’ toothbrushes more often than that. The soft bristles wear down quickly.
Change the brush every two months for better brushing. Select the youngster’s favorite color, character or design to encourage them to keep brushing.
What kind of toothbrush makes your smile bright?