Your tooth brush is the primary instrument in protecting your beautiful, healthy smile from cavities, yet most of us don’t give much thought to how we store it, much less how often we should replace it. Dr. James Lesinski, your dentist in Amherst, NY, provides a quick checklist to ensure that your toothbrush is helping, not hurting your oral care routine.

Tips for a Clean Brushing Routine

  • Wash your hands before you touch your toothbrush to keep it bacteria free. 
  • Brush for at least two minutes with a toothpaste that contains fluoride (twice daily) to prevent cavities
  • Rinse your toothbrush to remove remaining toothpaste and food particles. 
  • Don’t brush in the shower. The shower head may contain bacteria that could spread to your mouth via the water stream. 
  • Never share your toothbrush with anyone. It spreads germs and bacteria. 

How You Should Store Your Toothbrush

  • Avoid storing your toothbrush in a case with a closed cap.
  • Bacteria will grow in a moist environment. Keep your brush at least 6 feet away from the toilet, if possible.
  • Bacteria from the toilet can spray out into the bathroom environment every time you flush.
  • Be sure to give your tooth brush its own space. Housing it in a cup or container with other items can encourage cross contamination.

When to Replace Your Toothbrush

  • You should buy a new toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months. 
  • Most toothbrushes have a color coded indicator for wear but you should also replace your brush when the bristles look frayed or rough. 
  • Always replace your toothbrush after you have been sick. You run the risk of re-infection if you don’t. 

Schedule your routine exam and cleaning with our skilled general dentist in Amherst, NY, to give your smile the highest quality dental care. Call our office to get an appointment with Dr. James Lesinksi today.