Toothbrush Tips: How to Keep Bacteria Away

Did you know that there are millions of germs and bacteria that long to live on your toothbrush bristles? Well, it’s true, and it’s best to take great care of your toothbrush so you can prevent sickness and have the best oral hygiene possible.

There are many things you can do to keep the germs and bacteria away from your brush, and those things are:

-Wash your hands before and after you brush your teeth. It’s best to do so with soap and warm water.

-When you are done brushing, rinse your brush with warm water and store it upright so it can dry.

-Never cover your toothbrush bristles with a toothbrush cover or any other product before the bristles are dry. A moist environment is breeding ground for bacteria.

-Always brush your teeth with a dry toothbrush. If you ever have a hard time with this, you can buy a second toothbrush and switch between the two while the other dries.

-Don’t share a toothbrush with anyone—even your family members. It’s also best to store your brush in an area where it won’t touch other toothbrush bristles.

-Replace your toothbrush after three to four months of use and after you have been sick.

-If you or a family member is sick, that person should use a separate tube of toothpaste so they don’t spread germs.

Dr. Dr. Christian Weber and our team encourage you to do these things because we care about you and your oral health. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about oral hygiene in Gig Harbor, Washington, please feel free to call 253.358.2265 today and talk to a member of our team. Your dentist will also be happy to help you with any concerns if you schedule an appointment!