How to take care of your toothbrush to extend its longevity

Your toothbrush is a daily instrument used to keep the teeth and gums health. It allows you to maintain good oral health and reduce the development of periodontal disease and tooth decay between dental visits. Dr. M. H. Peters and his team at Peters Dental Associates in Houston, TX are committed to helping patients learn about the ways in which they can extend the longevity of their toothbrush and get the most out of this reliable oral health instrument.

How to take care of your toothbrush

There are many recommendations that the team of Peters Dental Association will make in regards to the care of your toothbrush. Many of these will extend the lifespan of your toothbrush and keep it functioning at its best. Below are just a few of the ways you can make your toothbrush work for you!

  • Replace your toothbrush at most every three to four months—sooner if the bristles of the toothbrush bend or fray).
  • Store your toothbrush in the upright position so it can drain and dry faster.
  • Rinse the toothbrush with tap water once done brushing to reduce bacteria levels.
  • Before packing a toothbrush for vacation, make sure it is completely dry.
  • Avoid sharing your toothbrush with anyone, as this can spread germs and bacteria that contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
  • Avoid storing your toothbrush in a small container as the trapped moisture can increase the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Do not store your toothbrush near the toilet, as flushing stirs up airborne germs that can end up on the toothbrush and eventually in your mouth.
  • Do not put your toothbrush in the dishwasher to clean it, as this can cause extensive damage and reduce its functionality.

Call Dr. M. H. Peters today for a routine cleaning and examination

Visiting the dentist every six months is critical to ensuring good oral health and wellness. Houston, TX area patients are advised to call Peters Dental Associates at (281) 486-8061 to start seeing a dental team with your oral health as top priority! The office is located at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite #100 and accepts new patients and families.

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