We all enjoy brushing our teeth right? Well maybe not all of us, but there is a lot of satisfaction knowing your toothbrush is getting the job done. Our team wants to ensure the best health for your mouth and one of the best ways you can do that is by caring for your toothbrush. We’re going to give you some ways you can care for your toothbrush right at home.

Rinsing your toothbrush after brushing can help remove any remaining toothpaste, food or saliva that tends to linger after brushing your teeth. After rinsing your toothbrush, place it in a toothbrush holder or cup so that it is in an upright position and allow it to air dry until the next day. Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container. Bacteria loves to grow in a moist, enclosed environment. Your toothbrush needs the open air.

Tip: If your toothbrush is surrounded by other toothbrushes, be sure to keep it from touching the others. By doing so, you are preventing cross-contamination.

Most people would think this seems silly, but never lend out your toothbrush to someone else to use. Likewise, never use anyone else’s toothbrush. Sharing toothbrushes can expose the other person or you to germs or harmful body fluids, that could potentially get someone sick.

The industry standard lifespan for your toothbrush is only 3-4 months. This also includes electric toothbrushes. Replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush bristles when they are frayed to prevent them becomes less effective.

Your teeth are just important to us as they are to you; please give our office a call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peterson by calling 209-473-2521!