The common household toothbrush. Every home has at least one, and at the Fayetteville Dentist we hope all our patients are brushing their teeth after each meal. Make no mistake, daily brushing and flossing are still the most important things you can do for your oral health.
It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat.
However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrush.
First, be sure to store yours as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.
Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it dries completely between uses.
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep your risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath low.
Keep your smile bright by visiting The Fayetteville Dentist regularly and practicing proper oral hygiene.
At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.
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