Toothbrush Questions Answered by Dentist

Girl Biting ToothbrushYou know that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. You are probably curious about all of the varieties of toothbrushes on the market. Instruments we use to clean our teeth have evolved over the years. Some designs have failed. The more years that pass, the more that the dental industry learns about choosing the best oral hygiene tools, as well as keeping them in good working order. As your toothbrush ages, it will need to be replaced. But how do you know exactly when? Celina dentist, Dr. Angela Ganjoor can answer some of your toothbrush questions.

Toothbrush FAQs

Q1. When should I replace my toothbrush?

A1. The American Dental Association says you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. However, this is just a recommendation. If you see unusual wear and tear on the bristles of your brush, don’t hesitate to buy a new one. Once the bristles are worn, not only will they not clean your teeth as well, but they could even damage your tooth enamel. After a bad cold or flu, you should consider replacing your toothbrush (or electric toothbrush head) just to be on the safe side. Evidence that flu germs cannot survive on a toothbrush has been uncovered, but toothbrush bristles do harbor other sorts of germs which you may not have the immunity to fight off after a bad illness.

Q2. Where is the best place to store my toothbrush?

A2. The bathroom is the most popular place to store a toothbrush, as that is where you are most likely to perform your oral hygiene tasks. Just make sure you keep your toothbrush at least six feet away from your toilet. You’ll also do yourself a favor by closing down the lid before you flush, as germs can travel through the air.

Q3. Is sharing a toothbrush with a significant other or child in a pinch really a problem?

You should never share a toothbrush with anyone else, no matter how close your are. Furthermore, if multiple toothbrushes are stored in the same place, keep them from touching so germs are not transferred. If you are in a bind and only have one toothbrush for two people, one of you can get by with using a clean finger as a makeshift toothbrush until you can get to the store for a replacement.

Visit your Celina Dentist

Proper toothbrush care and regular visits to Dr. Ganjoor will help keep your smile healthy. Contact Celina Family Dentistry at (214) 851-0130 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Celina, Prosper, Gunter, Frisco, Anna, Pilot Point, McKinney, and surrounding communities.