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Toothbrush Woes and Worries

added on: April 25, 2021

Nicholas Dose, DMD Family Dentistry

You are busy! It seems like just when you get everything on your to-do list done, something else pops up! The refrigerator goes on the fritz, the car tire goes flat, the kid next door hits a homer… into your home!

The last thing on your mind is your toothbrush, so here are some tips and tricks to help you discern what is important and what you can forget about in lieu of all the hectic day-to-day things that make up your life.

When to Replace a Toothbrush

You wake up groggy and head into the bathroom to shower and get ready for the day. One look at your crusty old toothbrush tells you it’s way past time to replace it, but when was the right time?

Toothbrushes have come a long way in the past few decades but they still should be replaced every three to four months. If you notice that the bristles are starting to fray or discolor, that’s a good way to tell too.

How to Store a Toothbrush

We are all familiar with the stereotypical toothbrush storing method – brush end up, sitting in a cup, in the open air. For the most part this is the best way to store a toothbrush.

If you cover it or place it in a bag or area that doesn’t see decent airflow, bacteria can grow on it. The one thing you might want to consider when storing your toothbrush, is its proximity to your toilet.

When a toilet is flushed it emits a big spray of toilet water mist that you can’t see. If a toothbrush is stored in a separate room from the toilet, its chances of getting a wash of toilet water with every flush is greatly reduced.

What Kind of Toothbrush to Buy

When buying a toothbrush, always go for the soft bristled variety. Stiff or medium bristles can actually end up damaging the enamel on your teeth. If you are looking into electronic toothbrushes, Sonicare has some very valuable options available.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your toothbrush.

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