family dentist San AntonioYour toothbrush is a valuable tool in the fight to maintain great oral health throughout your lifetime. And it will continue to do so if you provide the proper care for it … and just as importantly, make sure you see your family dentist for teeth cleaning and dental exam at least twice a year.

Safe Toothbrush Practices

Most people brush their teeth in their bathroom so that is where they store their toothbrush. However, microscopic water droplets that are thrown into the air every time the toilet is flushed could be landing on your toothbrush. So as a precaution, thoroughly rinse your toothbrush before you brush.

Once you are done brushing, rinse your toothbrush and store it in an upright position allowing it to air out between uses.

Make sure your toothbrush is not allowed to come in contact with any others. Bacteria from a neighboring toothbrush can lead to oral health problems as well as result in passing illnesses.

Never share a toothbrush. Even if you are caught in a situation where you do not have your own brush at your disposal, you are better off using a clean finger to “brush” your teeth than borrowing someone else’s toothbrush.

If you become ill, even though you probably won’t feel like it, you still need to brush your teeth. Once healthier, sanitize your toothbrush (or better yet, replace it).

Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles appear worn.

Oral Bacteria and a Healthy Mouth 

The mouth is full of a variety of different bacterial species. Some actually are their to protect your teeth and gums. But bacteria resulting from ineffective or absent oral health care can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease.

Bacteria live on teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks … you name it, and bacteria thrive there. Some foods and beverages promote damaging bacteria that impact your oral health. That is why brushing teeth daily using a clean, properly maintained toothbrush is so important.

Brush and floss daily to control bad bacteria. Visiting your family dentist twice yearly coupled with eating a diet rich with fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy products, and healthy grains will help you maintain good oral health. Limit sugary foods and beverages and those high in carbohydrates to help keep teeth and gums in good shape to last your lifetime.

If it’s time to schedule your next exam and cleaning, contact Aesthetic Dental Partners today.