Oral Hygiene: How to Keep Your Toothbrush in Tip-Top Shape

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Having a strong, beautiful, and healthy smile can help you in a myriad of ways. It can help you chew, talk, and smile confidently and it can even boost your self-esteem. In order to maintain that type of smile, you need to keep up on oral hygiene.

One of the most important tasks in your oral hygiene routine is brushing. However, it’s only an effective task if you have a top-notch toothbrush. So, to help you take good care of your toothbrush in Eagle River, Alaska, our Eagle Summit Dental Group dental team encourages you to do the following things:

No. 1: Clean your hands

Oftentimes, your hands have countless germs that just wait to move onto the next object you touch. This is why it’s important to wash your hands before you brush your teeth. If you wash your hands, those germs won’t transfer over to your toothbrush.

No. 2: Give your brush space

It’s best to keep your toothbrush away from the other toothbrushes in the bathroom. At least do your best to keep the bristles from touching. If you give your brush the space it needs, there is a chance you will avoid the germs from the other brushes.

No. 3: Let your brush dry

Make sure your toothbrush bristles are dry before you use the brush again. Also, if you have a toothbrush cover, make sure the bristles are dry before you put it on. This is because the moist environment can promote bacteria growth.

No. 4: Don’t share

Keep your toothbrush to yourself. Please don’t share it with other people—not even your family members. Sharing a toothbrush can easily transfer germs from one person to the other and it can even promote tooth decay.

Call us today at 907-694-8234 if you have any questions about the provided tips or about oral hygiene in general. Dr. Michael Sanders and our dental team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!