A Guide to Toothbrush Care

We all have our own tricks for brushing our teeth effectively, but sometimes the tool that does the cleaning can be overlooked. When it comes to toothbrush care, we’ve compiled some key tips to keep in mind.

When shopping for toothbrushes, we know there are lots of options. An important feature to look for in a manual toothbrush is one with soft bristles, as they minimize the risk of gingival (gum) abrasion.

Oftentimes, people wonder whether manual or powered toothbrushes are better, but it’s simply a matter of preference. Powered toothbrushes are especially helpful for those with dexterity difficulties and those who have dental appliances, such as braces.

Whether you’re looking for a manual or powered toothbrush, be sure to find one that meets ANSI/ADA standards.

Once you’ve found the right toothbrush for you, it’s important to take proper care of it to ensure your teeth are getting the best cleaning possible.

After each use, make sure to rinse your toothbrush with hot water to get rid of any remaining paste and debris.

When storing your toothbrush, make sure to keep it in an open-air holder, not in a contained space. Keeping it in open, fresh air will reduce the risk of mold or bacteria growth, which can lead to oral infections and diseases.

Lastly, it’s imperative to replace your toothbrush frequently. There are varying answers when it comes to exactly how often you should replace your toothbrush, but a simple mantra to use is, “when in doubt, throw it out.” Replacing your toothbrush is especially crucial when you’re sick or have an oral infection.

When it comes to your oral hygiene it’s always better to err on the side of caution. If it you notice any discoloration, buildup or matted bristles, it’s probably a sign to toss it. Ideally you should replace your toothbrush every few months.

The information contained above is intended to be educational in nature, does not constitute medical advice, and should not be relied on as a substitute for actual professional medical advice, care or treatment. If you have any vision, dental or other health related concerns, VBA encourages you to immediately contact your optometrist/ophthalmologist, dentist/orthodontist or any other competent, licensed, medical professional.