Your toothbrush is obviously something you stick in your mouth a couple of times a day. We put toothpaste on it, rinse it and then move about our day. But what’s lurking in between those bristles that we’re not aware of? Dentists estimate that there are 1.2 million microscopic organisms on the average toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months because these are some things you do not want in your mouth:
This is why we should take care to keep our toothbrushes dry and clean. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s best to let your toothbrush stay on the bathroom counter, uncovered, so air can circulate around it and allow it to dry. Dry toothbrushes don’t harbor bacteria (bonus points if you can let you toothbrush get some sunlight from a window).
It is recommended that your toothbrush is not engineered to be washed in the dishwasher or heated in the microwave, so don’t try either of those at home.
Again, change your toothbrush out at least every three months. If you share a bathroom with others, make sure that the heads of the toothbrushes do not touch. Also, keep counters, mirrors and toilets clean and dry to decrease the number of bacteria that your toothbrush will come into contact with.
Dr. James Frizzell has been providing the finest dental care in an utmost professional manner for over 20 years. His clinic, Frizzell Dental in Niagara Falls, Ontario, provides exceptional general and family dentistry with a special focus in cosmetic dentistry. A graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Dr. Frizzel is a member of the Canadian Dental Association and Ontario Dental Association.
This accreditation ensures that he keeps up to date with the latest advances in cosmetic care and technology through extensive continuing education. He has many years of experience in esthetic dentistry and has been acknowledged of providing fine cosmetic treatment by many of his satisfied dental patients throughout the Niagara Region.
Dr. James believes all patients should be treated in a manner that he would expect to be treated in; with respect, professionalism and compassion. As one can see upon entering the office, it is one of warmth, comfort and a big dose of Dr. James' personality, hobbies and interests.