Most dentists will agree that besides changing your toothbrush after you have used it for three months, there may be times you have to toss it sooner. If the bristles are frayed or if the toothbrush becomes less effective at getting rid of plaque from gums and teeth, you need to get a new one, even if the three months are not over. Over time, you have the toothbrush bristles wear down, often losing their shape and stability. If this happens, just get a new one that can do the job better in order to keep the teeth clean. In addition, there are crucial safety tips you need to follow in order to prevent spreading germs.
Don't Share Your Toothbrush
It is never a good idea to share a toothbrush even if it's your family member or friend. Sharing a toothbrush tends to spread serious viruses and infections such as flu, blood-borne diseases, and bacterial infections.
Wash Hands after and Before Brushing
After you are done brushing, it is important that you wash your hands with warm water and soap. Also do the same before brushing to prevent spreading microbes like bacteria to the toothpaste, toothbrush itself, and other surfaces.
After Brushing, Rinse Your Toothbrush
Once you finish brushing, you need to rinse the toothbrush with warm water. Also, make sure you store it upright to allow it to air-dry. Don't store the brush in a closed container because it can lead to the breeding of bacteria.
Use a Dry Toothbrush
Avoid using a still-wet toothbrush. You may be tempted to use a toothbrush that has not dried out completely after the last use. This is a bad idea, because you may spread bacteria. If your brush takes long to dry, ensure you have another one available and try to alternate using them. Get more tips on how you can use your toothbrush safely. Talk to our team.
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