With so much emphasis on keeping your family’s teeth clean, it can be easy to overlook the proper cleanliness of the tools you use – especially toothbrushes. Here are a few ways to ensure yours stay clean and safe for your family:
Even cleaning tools require cleaning: Do you ever clean your toothbrush? It can be as simple as a thorough rinse with warm water, or you can even use an antibacterial mouthwash or toothbrush sanitizer. It’s also important to regularly wash the container that the toothbrushes are stored in, to prevent dust, germs and bacteria from building up.
Storage matters: If you’re using a toothbrush holder, be sure to keep it far away from the toilet area, as germs waft through the air after flushing. The same can be said for sinks, as dirty water can easily splash onto the brushes. It’s best to store toothbrushes within a cabinet in the bathroom, as long as there is enough air flow inside. If possible, ensure that the brushes are separated from each other, to keep mouth germs from spreading.
Give it some air: Allowing the brushes to dry between uses is imperative for avoiding the spread of germs. Germs grow fast in damp conditions, and that can sauce sickness for you and your family.
Sharing isn’t always caring: We’re sure that most of you don’t do this, but just in case – never ever share your toothbrush with anyone else. This transfers saliva and bacteria –even the kind that cause tooth decay, which is infectious. If you’re worried about family members confusing their toothbrushes for someone else’s, try buying a different coloured toothbrush for each person.
Know when to say goodbye: Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, but there are also signs that tell you when your toothbrush is ready for the trash. If the bristles are frayed or showing signs of wear, it isn’t a very effective cleaning tool. In addition, it’s always a good idea to replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick, just to stay on the safe side.
To learn about proper toothbrush care, and how to choose the right toothbrush for your dental needs, contact Southeast Dental or make an appointment online. We are always here to help families in Markham and Scarborough with their oral health care.