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Toothbrush Truths

Your toothbrush can play a big role in your daily routine. It can keep your teeth healthy, not to mention sparkly and bright. But a newer, cleaner toothbrush could also play a key part in not only your oral health, but overall health.

Your mouth is the gateway to your body and is also a great place for harboring bacteria. These bacteria can make you sick, plus cause tooth decay and gum disease.

That’s why proper toothbrush care is important. An old, frayed toothbrush is less effective in removing plaque and keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth clean. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.1 Additionally, a toothbrush can actually carry lingering germs from the moment you open the package, so rinsing and keeping your toothbrush clean are necessary factors in maintaining a healthy mouth and body. 

Along with taking care of your teeth, your toothbrush needs to be taken care of as well. This will help ensure that it’s an even stronger ally in your everyday oral health.

Tips to follow at home:

  • Don’t share your toothbrush with others.
  • Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after each use with water to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris.
  • Don’t store all of the family toothbrushes in one container and don’t share a tube of toothpaste with someone who is sick. Germs can be easily transferred by doing this.
  • Make sure your toothbrush is dry before placing it inside a toothbrush cover. Bacteria thrive in warm, moist places.
  • Wash your hands before and after brushing. They carry additional forms of bacteria.
  • Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles start to fray.

Did you know? Specific cold and flu germs have been shown to survive up to 48 hours outside the body.2

1 American Dental Association, Statement on Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storage and Replacement. www.ada.org/1887.aspx, accessed June 2013.
2 Mayo Clinic: James M. Steckelberg, M.D, Expert Answers, www.mayoclinic.com/health/infectious-disease/AN01238 accessed June 2013.
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