We wouldn’t clean our house with dirty equipment because we know that it isn’t going to do a very good job cleaning our house and our dental hygiene should follow suit. Why clean your teeth with dirty equipment? When you reach for your toothbrush, do you know how clean it is? This may be a surprise to you, but the average toothbrush can contain up to 10 million bacteria, including E. coli and staph. Your toothbrush is basically a magnet for bacteria, so it is important to keep in mind how you handle your toothbrush in order to keep it as clean as possible.
If your toothbrush is stored on a bathroom counter, think about where it is placed – is it near your sink or toilet? Germs can be transmitted from both and end up on the surfaces of your toothbrush, inevitably ending up in your mouth. Here are a few ways to go about keeping your toothbrush as bacteria-free as possible:
Keep it fresh. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or once the bristles become spread out and frayed. Replacing your toothbrush insures that you’re using an effective toothbrush.
Do not share. Sharing toothbrushes can result in exchanging bodily fluids and microorganisms between users, which increases risk for infection. You may be in a pinch or think it’s adorable to share a toothbrush with a significant other, but it can transfer more than just saliva.
Rinse toothbrush thoroughly. Once you brush your teeth, make sure to thoroughly clean your toothbrush with tap water to remove any remaining debris or toothpaste.
For more information about toothbrush care, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 9255-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly serves patients from Walnut Creek, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Alamo, Orinda and all surrounding areas.