Toothbrush upkeep means always keeping your toothbrush in good, clean working condition. Always be sure to upgrade or replace your toothbrushes as necessary and never leave a used one lying around in a potentially compromising position in which it could collect germs. The more effort you give to caring for your toothbrush, the much more likely it will be in effectively cleaning your teeth and gums after each and every use.
The first step for effective toothbrush care is to ensure that toothbrushes are not shared. Additionally, avoid any form of cross-contamination by avoiding sharing your brush, or letting it touch other brushes. Always keep your brush clean when not in use. Do not store it in closed containers for long periods of time.
The style and shape of your toothbrush is also important. Always use a toothbrush that fits easily in your mouth. Try to find a brush with soft bristles, as stiff bristles can be overly abrasive or harmful to your gums. If you struggle to brush your teeth, electric toothbrushes can make brushing easier.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Always look for a brush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The same goes for toothpaste. Although daily brushing is effective, visit us at Borgmeyer Dental at least every six months for an oral exam or professional cleaning.
Brushing your teeth with a clean brush twice daily can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque buildup. If you would like a professional cleaning or an oral exam from Drs. David J. Borgmeyer and Augustine Borgmeyer, please schedule an appointment to our office in St. Louis, Missouri. To schedule a visit, please call our team at 314-351-6554. Let us help you keep your smile bright for a lifetime!