If your toothbrush has seen better days and you haven’t a clue how long it’s been since you had a new one, please read on!As dentists, we spend the lion’s share of our time focusing on spreading the oral health message and ensuring that our patients know how important it is to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
But what happens when the toothbrush being used is no longer fit for purpose? It is vital to change your toothbrush every three to four months or as soon as the bristles have become splayed out or stained. This is because toothbrushes become contaminated with germs – even bacteria from your toilet can reach your toothbrush.NEVER SHAREPlenty of people in the UK admit to sharing a toothbrush but this should be avoided at all costs. Sharing toothbrushes can spread infections and increases the risk of contracting oral and general health problems.
Store brushes upright to help drain the water & help them dry quickerAvoid closed or covered containers because moist environments are a breading ground for bacteria. Keep away from sinks or toilets to reduce the risk of airborne bacteria landingStore your brush away from others.
Wash with running water after every use & allow to air dryHold brush under hot running water once every few weeks, rubbing the bristlesSoaking brushes in antibacterial mouth rinse can help decrease bacteria levelsIf you have any questions, please ask and we will do everything we can to help.For more interesting facts, visit www.nationalsmilemonth.org/facts-figuresTo book a free of charge consultation, contact us on 01784 454 899.Our clinical excellence, investment in training and technology, and focus on promoting lifelong dental wellbeing makes us a leading choice for families and business people in Staines, Egham, Virginia Water, Sunbury, Middlesex and Surrey.