How to look after your toothbrush

June 26th, 2018

A few tips on how to care for your toothbrush (whether electric or manual) and indeed, your interdental brush. They’re important dental care items and keeping them in good condition will help maintain your oral health.

Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months and more frequently if the bristles start to splay (in which case beware, you may be brushing too hard!). Interdental brushes are designed for use over a shorter period of time and should be replaced on a weekly basis.

Do not share your toothbrush or interdental brush with anyone else. This can cause the spread of infection, particularly if you or the other person has a dental problem.

Rinse your toothbrush or interdental with tap water before brushing to freshen it up and more thoroughly after brushing to remove any toothpaste or trapped particles.

Store your toothbrush upright and somewhere that the air can dry it. This is important to avoid the development of harmful bacteria. Your interdental brush can be stored lying down but avoid contact of the brush with other surfaces.

Take care when brushing your teeth. Don’t scrub with your toothbrush and avoid biting or chewing the bristles.

As ever, we are here to answer any questions you may have, so please contact us if you have any questions about this or any other aspect of dental care.

Mike

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