Good oral hygiene is very important. And, brushing your teeth is an essential part of caring for your teeth. However, toothbrushes need to be kept in good condition to do their best work. The state of a toothbrush can really make a difference in how you clean your teeth. These tips from Riverdale Park Dental, a Prince George County dentist, will help you care for your toothbrush.

How to Take Care of Your Toothbrush

Replace Your Toothbrush on a Regular Basis. Get a new toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles start to spread apart and look worn. Toothbrushes wear out from everyday use.  They will not work as well as they should if they have been used for too long or the bristles are spreading apart. When bristles are spread apart, they may not be hitting each one of your teeth and getting them clean. If you get the flu or a cold sore, you need to replace your toothbrush immediately. Even if it is a newer brush, you don’t want the germs to reinfect you and make you sick again.

Never Share a Toothbrush. You should never share your toothbrush even if it is with your child, spouse, or significant other. Sharing is a quick way to spread germs. Also, when you are putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, do not press the opening of the tube of toothpaste on the bristles as that spreads bacteria as well.

Clean Your Toothbrush on a Regular Basis. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after every use. Additionally, do not allow toothpaste to build up on your toothbrush. Soaking your toothbrush in a glass of mouthwash will also help get rid of any germs.

Choose The Correct Toothpaste. Along with properly caring for your toothbrush, having the right toothpaste will help you clean your teeth more effectively. There are so many kinds of toothpaste available on the market. It may be difficult for you to choose just one. Some kinds of toothpaste may be better at killing bacteria than others. A toothpaste that contains triclosan or copolymer is better at killing oral bacteria than regular fluoride kinds of toothpaste.

Finally, be sure to visit a dentist at least every six months. You’ll receive preventive dental care such as routine checkups and cleanings.  No matter what your dental needs, contact Riverdale Park Dental for an appointment.

Riverdale Park Dental provides comprehensive dental care for the entire family. Print out your forms online and contact us to set up your appointment with Riverdale Park Dental. Let’s create smiles that last a lifetime.