How to Use and Properly Care for Your Toothbrush

If you’re reading this article, then you most likely know how a toothbrush works. However, have you ever asked yourself if you truly know how to use a toothbrush properly?

Here are the majority ruled recommendations on how to use and care for a toothbrush.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. This method has shown to be the most effective for removing plaque along with using toothpaste that has fluoride. Fluoride decreases the risk of caries and helps remineralization of teeth.

There are many techniques for brushing teeth, so regardless of the method used, brushing should touch upon all surfaces—inner, outer and chewing. A soft-bristled toothbrush is also recommended and apply gentle pressure, both of which may help reduce the risk of gingival injury.

Renew your toothbrush three times a year (about every three to four months) especially when you notice the bristles are visibly matted or frayed.

Either manual or powered toothbrushes are both equally effective.
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After you use your toothbrush, place it in an upright position allowing it to air dry. Putting a wet toothbrush in an enclosed case or container promotes microbial growth more so than leaving it exposed to the open air.

Toothbrushes harbor bacteria (including fecal coliform bacteria that can be released into the air when the toilet is flushed or can be spread to the toothbrush when the owner touches a contaminated surface before handling his or her brush). You can sanitize your toothbrush by soaking it in Listerine or 3% hydrogen peroxide; however, it is not recommended to microwave your toothbrush or put it through the dishwasher as the high heat will damage the brush. You can buy a toothbrush sanitizer device. Patients should look for a device that has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

We find that most people pay no mind to the way they brush their teeth. It’s often considered to be a methodic everyday mundane task that typically does not require our attention. It’s safe to say the type of brush, the way we brush, and how we care for our brush are all equally important in maintaining good overall oral hygiene.

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