06 Jun

Caring For Your Toothbrush is Essential For Healthy Teeth. Speak to Your City of London Dentist For Advice

At least twice a day we are sticking our toothbrushes into our mouths, it is therefore vital that we take proper care of our toothbrushes. When your toothbrush begins to fray and show signs of wear it is time for a replacement. Or, even if it looks ok, it is worth replacing your toothbrush after three months. Without the straight bristles your toothbrush will no longer effectively clean all areas of your teeth, instead the sides of the bristles will simply slide along the teeth without effect. Even if they appear clean, old toothbrushes can harbour bacteria that build up over time.
To keep your toothbrush healthy there are several steps you can take. Most important, it is essential to thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after each brush, making sure that all food particles and plaque are removed from the bristles. The toothbrush should ideally be stored in a dry area since bacteria will thrive in a damp place. Some dentists recommend storing your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash to make sure all bacteria is killed between each brush. When travelling it is worth using a simple toothbrush case to protect the bristles from being flattened.
Although they may become misshapen quicker, it is worth having a soft toothbrush which will not be abrasive on your teeth and gums. The head of your toothbrush should be small enough to reach all areas of your mouth. It should have a comfortable grip to allow easy movement when brushing. Speak to your City of London dentist for more advice about caring for your toothbrush.