Toothbrush Care and Replacement
Whilst everyone is mindfully washing their hands and staying 1.5 metres apart, it is important to remember that our toothbrushes need looking after as well as a space of their own! Toothbrush bristles can harvest bacteria and even viruses that can affect your overall health.
There are hundreds of microorganisms in our mouth every day. These do not cause concern unless there is an unhealthy balance of bacteria in the mouth.
It is recommended that you do not share toothbrushes with anyone. There is a risk of infection from sharing unwanted bacteria.
Our toothbrush care recommendations include:
- Replace/ switch to a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. Especially after you have a cold/flu or any other contagious infections
- Do not share your toothbrush with anyone 😱
- Do not cover or store your toothbrush in closed containers for extended periods. This creates a wet environment, ideal for bacteria to grow
- Rinse and remove all food debris and water before storing your toothbrush upright in open area
- Ensure that your toothbrush is not touching other toothbrushes and is away from the sink to prevent possible splashes
- Inspect your bristles- if they have become frayed or worn then it is not effectively cleaning. Fraying bristles can be a sign of incorrect brushing technique. It is important to notify your clinician and they will demonstrate the appropriate plaque removing technique
- Rinsing your toothbrush into an antimicrobial mouth rinse is an option. However, the effectiveness has not yet been proven
Stay Home and Stay Healthy
The Inspiro Dental Team 😁