The common household toothbrush. Every home has at least one, and we hope all our Durham Dental Group patients are using them. Daily brushing is still the most important thing you can do for your dental health.
It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat.
However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrush.
First, be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.
Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it can dry completely between uses.
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep your risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath low.
Keep your smile bright by visiting Durham Dental Group regularly and practicing proper oral hygiene. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and have extended evening and Saturday hours to fit your busy schedule. Call for an appointment today!
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