Taking care of your toothbrush is an important part of maintaining proper oral health. An old tooth brush won’t be able to do its job if its worn out and broken. At Downtown Montreal Dentistry in Montreal, we encourage patients to practice excellent oral hygiene habits at home to help prevent complex dental issues from developing. Dr Seminara and his team of dental hygienists, Laurie, Kim and Tara, believe in educating patients on healthy practices to help improve the health of their smile. Part of practicing proper oral hygiene is keeping your tooth brush in tip top shape. Our Montreal dentist office have listed a few tips and tricks to help keep your tooth brush in pristine conditions.
Maintaining Your Toothbrush
Tip #1: Carefully rinse out your toothbrush after each time you brush your teeth. Food particles and debris can cling to your toothbrush and become a platform for bacteria.
Tip #2: Try to keep your brush away from your toilet. Every time you flush with the lid open, it can cause certain bacteria to become airborne and cling to your toothbrush. If you can not keep your toothbrush away from your toilet, try to keep it covered.
Tip #3: Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. After a few months of use, the bristles can get worn out and your toothbrush will not be able to properly clean your teeth and tongue. You will notice the time to change when the bristles start to look flattened and frayed.
Tip #4: Do your best to keep the bristles dry after use. Keep your tooth brush in a position where it can properly dry after brushing your teeth. An upright positions is best.
Tip #5: Don’t share your toothbrush with anyone, not even your child. Sharing means that you are also sharing germs, food particles, and debris with another person. Get a new tooth brush for each member of the family, or ask us to give you an extra on your next visit!
Bonus Tip #6: For those using an electric brush, don’t let it sit on the charger when not in use. Instead, let it completely discharge before recharging it entirely overnight. This will help prolong the life of the battery.