After how long should you replace your toothbrush?
Did your Burnaby dentist tell you the truth about your toothbrush? Our toothbrushes are the breeding ground for bacteria. But then again, brushing is one of the key methods of keeping your mouth in a good health. Brushing is essential, but so is keeping your toothbrush in a good health.
Hygiene and toothbrush:
Did you know that bacteria becomes live on your toothbrush? Why is that? Because our toothbrushes clean the bacteria we have in our mouth- and then the brush remains wet most of the time. More than 10 million bacteria and germs can be found in these toothbrushes.
The researchers have discovered that there are ways through which you can keep your toothbrush safe from all these bacteria.
Clean your brush:
To ensure that your brushing habit remains safe and healthy, ensure that your clean your brush every time before using it. Store your brush in a cabinet that is clean and free of dirty free radicals moving in the air. Buy a brush that has a cap, but before you put the cap up- dry your brush as much as possible
Once a week- put your brush in Dettol or alcohol to rid it of the germs. Mouthwash contains antiseptic and anti-bacterial components so you can also soak your brush in that. If you have none of these- put your brush in warm water with lemon and baking soda in it.
Change your brush:
It is a commonly asked question. Most people ask their dentists when they should change their brushes. The best time to change your brush is three months, as after three months of use the brush starts to wear and tear.
A toothbrush with worn out bristles carries germs. A bad quality of toothbrush is also a cause of damaging your gums. The shape of your toothbrush should be an indication enough of when you should be changing it.
Is quality of toothbrush important?
The quality of brushing depends on the quality of the toothbrush you have. It is your brush that cleanses the plaque and removes the food particles stuck in spaces between your teeth. Therefore you should always a good quality toothbrush. Consider it as a long term investment for your oral health. There are electrical toothbrushes as well- but they do not suit all types of the jaw. Consult the specialized Burnaby dentist to learn more about brushing.