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How to Care for Your Toothbrush So It Cares for You

Toothbrush | Dental Cleanings in Lafayette

Toothbrush storage is something most of us don't think much about. You've finished brushing your teeth, and you immediately drop your toothbrush into the holder that sits on your bathroom counter next to your sink. No big deal, you've probably been storing your toothbrush this way for years without thinking twice about it. However, you should be thinking twice - here's why.

Toothbrushes and Toilets

If your toothbrush is sitting on your bathroom counter, whether it's laying there or stored in a holder, it is likely contaminated. Why? Because when you flush your toilet contaminated water droplets can reach your toothbrush covering it with bacteria and even traces of feces. Storing your toothbrush in cabinet or drawer will help protect it from contamination. If that's not possible, be sure you close the lid on the toilet before flushing.

Store Your Brush Alone

Toothbrush holders are convenient for storing multiple brushes; however, they're not doing you any favors. Why? Because if your toothbrush touches someone else's, it can become contaminated with the bacteria from their mouth. Always keep your brush separate from anyone else's and never share a toothbrush. 

Replace Your Toothbrush Consistently

Another way to keep your toothbrush free from contamination is to replace it often. A good rule of thumb is to replace it every three months, or when the bristles of your brush are becoming worn or frayed. If you have been sick with a cold or the flu, it is also a good idea to replace your toothbrush to avoid reinfection.

Dental Cleanings in Lafayette

If you have questions about your oral health or your oral hygiene, your top dentist in Lafayette is here for you! Feel free to call our office with questions for our doctors, or if it's time to schedule your next appointment we'll be happy to help you.