You likely know how important it is to brush your teeth twice daily. However, do you know how to properly take care of your toothbrush? Caring for your toothbrush properly allows it to properly care for your smile. Read on for some toothbrush care tips from the practice of Great Smiles of NY.
Sharing a toothbrush means the sharing of germs, which should be avoided. If two people share a toothbrush, they both become more at risk for infections. This is of even more concern if one of the involved parties has a compromised immune system or is sick.
Cleaning & Storage
After you brush your teeth, thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with tap water to remove toothpaste and debris. Then, store your toothbrush upright out in the open so that it can air out and dry. Avoid keeping your toothbrush in a closed container as much as possible, as bacteria loves moist, dark areas.
If you store more than one toothbrush in an area, make sure that they don’t touch each other. This helps avoid cross contamination.
If you would like to learn more about toothbrush care and to set up an appointment with Dr. Jacob Avner, our dentist in Rego Park, New York, we invite you to call our office at 718-275-7300 today.