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Is It Time to Replace Your Toothbrush?

Your toothbrush plays a pretty important role in your overall oral health and hygiene, but did you know that your toothbrush is also a breeding ground for germs, fungus and various types of bacteria? Yuck!

According to the American Dental Association, the duration of an illness can be lengthened by the reintroduction of cold germs through your toothbrush. This is especially dangerous if you have a chronic illness or immune disorder. Even worse, if you experience trauma to your gum tissues, infection can set in and cause some serious health issues.

Fixing the problem is as easy as cleaning your toothbrush – The National Dental Association suggests that you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles start to fray, and to clean it thoroughly at least once a week. Sterilizing your toothbrush will not only reduce the amount of harmful microorganisms that exists on your toothbrush head, but it will also reduce the likelihood of contracting unnecessary illnesses.When to Replace Your Toothbrush | Kenneth J. Wolnik, DDS

Simple methods for cleaning your toothbrush:

  • Make sure to wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your toothbrush.
  • Rinse the toothbrush thoroughly clean with water after brushing.
  • Store the brush upright so it can air-dry between uses. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder or area, the brushes shouldn’t touch each other.
  • Avoid storing your toothbrush in a cabinet or toothbrush protector; this actually increases the amount of bacteria present.
  • Check your toothbrush for signs of wear and tear, and replace it more frequently than every three or four months if needed. Children’s toothbrushes need to be replaced more frequently.

Don’t forget your electric toothbrush! – Electric toothbrush heads can be removed and sterilized in the same manner as a regular toothbrush. A good method for sanitizing your electric toothbrush head is to dilute hydrogen peroxide in water then place the toothbrush head inside the solution for five minutes. Make sure you rinse the brush head thoroughly after removing from the solution and store it upright in a rack or cup.

Contact Dr. Wolnik Today!

If you’re concerned about your overall oral health and hygiene, contact Dr. Wolnik today! He has more than 10 years of experience providing superior dental services to patients in the Parma Heights, Ohio area. Give us a call at (440) 888-5055 or send us an email at info@drwolnik.com!

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