Is your smile at its optimum oral health levels? If you are looking to improve your tooth brushing skills, one easy method is to upgrade the care you give to your toothbrush. If your toothbrush is past its expiration date or has fallen into poor condition, it will not be able to do the job required of it. Furthermore, if your toothbrush becomes contaminated it could potentially harm your teeth and gums more than it could help.
Cross-contamination with toothbrushes is common when two or more individuals live together because toothbrushes repeatedly get stored together, which is an easy way for bacteria to be transferred from one toothbrush to another. To avoid these issues, don’t forget to store your toothbrushes alone and standing upright.
Be sure to avoid storing toothbrushes in enclosed areas or spots with little to no ventilation, as these areas can become cesspools for bacteria and easily contaminate your brush. Remember that your brush goes in your mouth, so for sanitary reasons, do everything you can to guarantee it stays clean.
Before purchasing a toothbrush, speak with your dentist to find out which type would work best for you, and look for toothbrushes that display the ADA Seal of Acceptance or choose a brush that your dentist has recommended. Always try to find a toothbrush that fits right in your mouth and avoid brushes with hard bristles, as they can damage your teeth and gums.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Linh Nguyen and our team at Best Dentistry for an oral examination, please call 206-783-3000 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Seattle, Washington. Come on in to learn more about your options to get the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.