How much do you really think about brushing your teeth? If you’re like me, then probably not a lot. Let's be honest – this is not a sexy subject.
But—it's an important one if you care about your health (or don't love going to the dentist).
We brush every day but so many of us don’t take care of out toothbrushes, which can lead to cavities and can even make you sick.
We’re here to make sure you avoid these problems. Here are a few of the things you should do to get the most out of your toothbrush.
Store Your Toothbrush Properly
You may just chuck your toothbrush in a glass or leave it on the sink when you’re done. No big deal, right? Think about it: if you leave your toothbrush in the open that means it’s near your toilet, other toothbrushes, the shower, and a bunch of other things that could potentially spread germs to it. The bathroom is a breeding ground for bacteria and a lot of that may find its way onto your toothbrush if you aren’t careful.
The best place to store your toothbrush is in a drawer. That way, you protect it from all of the bacteria in your bathroom. Also, don’t put a plastic cover or saran wrap on your toothbrush. This will just allow the bacteria on the brush to multiply.
Clean the Brush
You don’t need to go overboard when cleaning your toothbrush. In fact, putting it in a microwave or dishwasher can damage the bristles.
Still, you need to clean the brush after every use. Rinse your toothbrush under the faucet for 10 seconds or so and then tap the toothbrush against the sink to dislodge any gunk, such as leftover toothpaste or debris from your mouth.
Replacing the Brush
How long have you been using your current toothbrush? Most dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months because your toothbrush wears out with each use, the bristles fray and become less effective.
Read our post about changing our toothbrushes more often here.
To avoid this, make sure you replace the brush every three or four months. If there are children in the house, you will need to do it more regularly for their brushes. Remember that they are more likely to chomp down on the brush, which causes more fraying.