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30Jul2014

Six Important Toothbrush Care Tips

OUR TOOTHBRUSHES fend off plaque and bacteria, help keep our teeth sparkling, and leave our mouths feeling squeaky clean! But how squeaky clean is your child’s TOOTHBRUSH?

Toothbrush DON’Ts

Don’t Store Your Child’s Toothbrush In A Closed, Dark Space

A moist, enclosed environment (like a container or cupboard) is not a good place to keep your kid’s toothbrush. Bacteria thrive in dark, wet conditions without circulation.

Don’t Share Your Child’s Toothbrush

When you share your toothbrush you share bacteria, including bacteria that can cause dental decay and periodontal disease.

Don’t Keep Your Child’s Toothbrush Near The Toilet

Put your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible—at least six feet is a good rule of thumb. Because of “airborne particles”, always flush with the lid down. Enough said.

Toothbrush DOs

Replace Your Child’s Toothbrush

Replace your kid’s toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get frayed. This not only ensures that it cleans your teeth better, but it eliminates the bacteria buildup issue. If your child has been sick or is recovering from a cold, consider changing their toothbrush.

Rinse Your Child’s Toothbrush After Using It

Thoroughly rinse the toothbrush with water after each use. Rinsing it washes out debris and bacteria left behind. You can also deep clean it by swishing it around in mouthwash.

Keep Your Child’s Toothbrush Dry

Store the toothbrush upright in the open air. This allows it to dry out and not develop mold.

Care For Your Toothbrush And It Will Care For You

Keeping your child’s toothbrush clean will help both their overall health and your oral health. Where do you keep YOUR toothbrush? Let us know in a comment below. We love to hear from you!

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