Orthodontic care and your toothbrush!
Orthodontic care and you toothbrush!
When you get ready to use your toothbrush to remove the food particles, plaque, sugars and film accumulating on your teeth, braces, retainers or Invisalign aligners, remember that proper toothbrush care and storage is very important.
According to research, intestinal bacterias, coliforms, yeasts and other germs can be found on your toothbrush. These come from your mouth and surfaces in and around your bathroom.
Although there is not guaranteed way to eliminate everything from your toothbrush, having safeguards for use and storage can greatly help to reduce your exposure to unwanted germs.
1. Proper Storage of toothbrush: The American Dental Association recommends that you do not seal or routinely cover your toothbrush, as microorganisms can grow in damp and dark places. Store your toothbrush upright to all it to properly air dry. Also don’t let other toothbrushes touch it, as cross-contamination can happen.
2. Clean your toothbrush before and after you use it: Rinse your toothbrush well with tapwater after each use to remove excess particles, toothpaste and debris. Also soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash will also help.
3. Change out your toothbrush: You should replace your toothbrushed every 3-4 months or when bristles start to fray or become worn, whichever comes first.
4. Replace when sick: If you are battling an infection or illness, make sure your toothbrush is kept separate from others and consider replacing altogether.
5. Pre-rinse before brushing: To help reduce the transfer of germs and microorganisms from your mouth onto your toothbrush, consider rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash prior to brushing your teeth.
6. Maintain good dental health cleaning routine: See your dentist at least twice per year for comprehensive periodontal and cavity checkups. For those in orthodontic braces, appliances or Invisalign, Moshiri Orthodontics recommends seeing your dentist three times per year for cleanings and checkups. The presence of the appliances, brackets or Invisalign aligners creates additional surfaces for bacteria and microorganisms to collect and grow.
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