Your toothbrush is a key component of your oral hygiene. Many people prioritize choosing the perfect toothbrush, but after this step, discard the thought of caring for toothbrushes entirely. Because of this, individuals make toothbrush mistakes that can easily be avoided. Do you make any of the following mistakes?
Using the Wrong Toothbrush
Individuals may pride themselves on picking the perfect toothbrush, but they often base this on factors that don't affect how the toothbrush performs. Entirely too many people use hard-bristled toothbrushes because they believe it will allow them to clean their teeth more thoroughly.
However, this could not be farther from the truth. We recommend using soft-bristled toothbrushes for two main reasons. Firstly, a soft-bristled toothbrush is gentler on your teeth and won't wear down your tooth enamel or damage your gums. Secondly, soft bristles are better at removing bacteria and food particles since they can reach under the gums.
Not Changing Your Toothbrush Often Enough
Usually, we recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. If the bristles are worn, you should change it sooner. However, some individuals have been known to change their toothbrushes once every 5-6 months, which is problematic for a number of reasons. If you've had any illnesses, for example, you are transferring the germs to your toothbrush. If you don't replace this after the illness subsides, you are exposing yourself to these same germs again.
Even if you haven't been ill, the buildup of bacteria on your toothbrush can lead to tooth decay. Brushing with your toothbrush may not even be effective, since worn and splayed bristles can't clean the teeth properly.
Not Cleaning and Storing Your Toothbrush Properly
Cleaning your toothbrush is of utmost importance. Not rinsing it after you're done brushing your teeth lets the bacteria you've just removed from your mouth stay on the toothbrush. Always be sure to thoroughly rinse your toothbrush under water and wash out toothpaste that's left. Additionally, make sure to store your toothbrush away from others' toothbrushes to prevent the transfer of germs.
If you believe that you've been making these mistakes, don't worry – Dr. Hunter and Dr. Lemond C. Hunter will be more than happy to give you a demonstration on the correct way to brush your teeth and care for your toothbrush. Call Hunter Dental Care at (503) 622-9730 and we will set up an appointment for you as soon as possible.
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