Brush Maintenance

Do you know how to take care of your brush? Some people make the mistake of simply placing this important tool aside in their bathroom cupboards every day, not sparing a thought to its maintenance. If this describes your general practice, consider the following tips to make sure that you continue to get the best out of your toothbrush:

  • Change Your Brush Regularly: The general rule is that you replace your toothbrush every three months. However, some variables may influence this, like if you brush too hard or if you have a gum disease. If the bristles begin to just out at odd angles, they are no longer strong enough to effectively remove plaque. Consider buying a brush with a color-change indicator.
  • Store Your Brush Upright: By standing your brush upright in a glass, you can allow it to air dry after brushing. This prevents the build-up of bacteria. Further, make sure that your brush isn’t stored so close to another person’s that the two can cross-contaminate.
  • Shield Your Brush: When your toilet is flushed, it sends up a light spray of water that can land on your brush if you store it too close.
  • Periodically Clean Your Brush: Occasionally dipping the bristles of your brush in hot water or an antibacterial mouthwash is a good way to kill off any bacteria that may be gathering therein. However, never wash your brush in the dishwasher or zap it in the microwave, as these will damage the delicate bristles.

Talk to our West Seattle dentist for more toothbrush-related tips.