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Toothbrush Tips

Toothbrush Tips for Great Oral Health

If you’re brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day, you’re doing a great job of practicing proper oral health care. However, these routine practices might not be as effective as you think if you’re using a toothbrush loaded with bacteria. Brushing your teeth is supposed to remove bacteria from your mouth but you have to keep your toothbrush clean to prevent those bacteria from colonizing on the bristles and undermining your cleaning efforts. Keeping your toothbrush clean with a few simple tips means that your brushing efforts provide maximum benefits, and your oral care stays on target.

Avoid the toilet

You would certainly throw out your toothbrush if it fell in the toilet, but did you know that just storing it near the toilet is a bad idea? With every flush, small water droplets from the bowl get into the air and can travel up to six feet. When your toothbrush is in that range, those droplets can reach it and expose it to the toilet water.

Air dry

It’s tempting to cover your toothbrush because you believe you’re protecting it from airborne bacteria, but covers aren’t as helpful as you may think. The plastic covers that come on some toothbrushes work like small bacteria incubators because bacteria thrive in moist, warm spots. Instead of covering your toothbrush, rinse it thoroughly with hot water and let it air dry.

Replace appropriately

Even the best toothbrushes wear out from daily use and when the bristles become frayed and worn, usually after 2-3 months, it’s time to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head. Along with worn bristles, toothbrushes also suffer a buildup of bacteria and residue over time, so it’s best to replace them when they’re looking past their prime. It’s also important to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head after you’ve been sick to avoid reinfection from the bacteria on the bristles.

Individual use only

Never share your toothbrush with anyone else, no matter how well you know and like them. Sharing a toothbrush transfers illnesses and dental diseases. Using the same toothbrush can transfer the bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, and it’s not worth taking the risk. Everyone needs and deserves his or her own toothbrush to maintain excellent oral health.

No matter what type of toothbrush you use, whether it’s manual, electric or an ultrasonic cleaner, keeping it clean and sanitary is essential for such an important dental tool. Avoid enamel and gum damage by using a brush with soft bristles and keep up with regular check-ups and dental cleanings to catch any problems early. Contact Creative Dental today to schedule your exam or to inquire about the numerous cosmetic dentistry services we offer. We’re dedicated to protecting the health and beauty of your smile.


  1. Reply
    Bennett Fischer

    I really appreciate you letting me know that it’s important to replace a toothbrush every 2-3 months. I had no idea that I needed to do this so often. But it make sense because it’s going to become worn and now work as well. I’ll make sure I start doing this a lot more. Thanks a ton for the help.

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    Stephen Adams

    The toilet information is disturbing but helpful. My whole family stores their toothbrushes in a cup pretty close to the toilet. I think I’ll make some room in the drawers for them. Thanks for helping my family’s oral hygiene. http://www.chendmd.com/

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    Lauren Woodley

    I actually didn’t know that you should replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months. As you say, when you don’t do this, it wears out the bristles and increases the amount of buildup of bacteria over time on your toothbrush. Thus, I can see how doing this regularly can help you ensure you have a clean toothbrush that is helping you have an equally clean mouth. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nash Rich

    That’s a really great tip to keep the toothbrush away from the toilet. That’s pretty gross that germs are flying out of the toilet when you flush it. I had never thought of it. I also didn’t know that you should replace it so often. Thanks for the tips! I’ll have to be better about not keeping my toothbrushes for years!

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    Sarah Anderson

    I’ve actually heard about how the toilet throws water around when you flush it. I am sure it’s bad for your dental health to brush with human waste particles on it. So long as you close the lid before you flush, your fine, but you can’t know that everyone else will do the same, so I agree, store it away from the toilet.

  6. Reply

    Good idea to air dry your toothbrush. I have never considered the mold and mildew that could attach to your toothbrush if not in the proper conditions. Thanks for the tips.

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