It’s no surprise that your toothbrush contains bacteria, but there are certain things you can do to minimize this. It’s important to know how to look after your toothbrush, and when to get a new one, in order to maintain your oral hygiene. When your brush gains too much bacteria or becomes worn out, it becomes less effective in doing its job. Follow these easy tips to ensure you’re giving those pearly whites the best chance possible to shine bright.
How to look after your toothbrush:
- Rinse it after each wash to remove any excess toothpaste
- Once a week let it sit in antibacterial mouthwash to remove bacteria
Avoid transferring excess bacteria by:
- When squeezing your toothpaste, try not to let the bristles touch the opening of the tube
- NOT sharing your toothbrush with anyone, including your partner!
When to replace your toothbrush:
- If it’s been more than 3 months
- If it has changed shape or the bristles have dispersed out more
- If you’ve had a cold, cold sore or another contagious condition
Finally, make sure you’re using a toothpaste containing triclosan or copolymer as these toothpastes are more effective at removing bacteria than regular fluoride.
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