The common household toothbrush. Everyone has at least one, and at Winston-Salem Dental Group we hope you are brushing after each meal. While cosmetic dentistry and complete smile makeovers seem to be all the rage these days, daily brushing is still the most important thing you can do for your dental 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, they pose no threat.
However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrush.
First, be sure to store it 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 gun disease, cavities, and bad breath low.
At Winston-Salem Dental Group, the dental health of each of our patients is our primary concern. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and have evening and weekend hours to make it easier to fit dental care into your schedule. Make an appointment today.
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