Daily at home oral hygiene is essential in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing and flossing are your first defense against a whole range of oral and systemic health concerns. We always talk about how you can take care of your smile, but do you know how to take care of your toothbrush?Atlanta Buckhead Dental Care offers some tips for the care of your toothbrush.
Toothbrush Care Tips
- Do Not Lock Your Toothbrush Away
Keep your brush uncovered, and out of the cupboard. Closed, dark spaces are ideal growing grounds for bacteria. Bacteria on your toothbrush can contribute to the development of periodontal disease or tooth decay.
- Follow the 6ft Rule.
Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. This may seem like common sense, but even if you tooth brush is on the bathroom sink, if it is not 6 feet away from the toilet airborne particles may still be able to make contact.
- Rinse After Use
Speaking of bacteria buildup, make sure to rinse your toothbrush after each use. You can rinse it off with water or mouthwash. Rinsing the bristles will help remove the bacteria and particles your brush removed from your teeth and gums.
- New Brush
Dr. King recommends buying a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. After 3 months the bristles begin to wear down and become less effective at cleaning your teeth. Replacing your toothbrush frequently will also help to keep bacteria at bay.
Atlanta dentist Dr. Deborah King encourages patients to take care of their toothbrush for the benefit of their oral health. Preventive dental care can help deter the development of advanced dental concerns. If you have questions on your brushing or flossing technique our staff will be happy to help guide you at your next visit to Buckhead Dental Care.
Schedule An Appointment
Be sure to visit our Atlanta dentist office at least twice a year for a professional dental cleaning and oral health exam. Dr. King is a highly trained and experienced in cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry for your total oral health. Contact our office or schedule a visit with our online application.