Your Toothbrush: 3 Things You Should Know

toothbrushrainbowWe find that patients often hesitantly approach a subject that we assume will be quite complex. However, with a bit of kind urging, we discover many individuals who visit us are extremely concerned about their toothbrushes! Rest assured, just because you have been brushing your teeth on your own for most of your life does not mean you should be a toothbrush expert. To ensure you feel better about this essential oral health instrument, we encourage you to feel confident asking questions. The more you know, the better job you can accomplish during dental hygiene sessions.

#1: You Shouldn’t Share It

You should not ever share your brush or use someone else’s brush. Everyone has bacteria in their mouths – some of it is good, some of it is bad. Some of the stuff in one’s mouth can lead to illness (like the common cold or the flu) and some of it may contribute to the development of oral health disease like gingivitis, etc. Act with caution to avoid the spread of disease.

#2: Yes, You’re Cleaning It Well Enough

You should know that when you let the water rinse your brush off when you’re through with your brushing session, you’re doing enough. Don’t fall victim to rumors that you need to find a way to sanitize those toothbrush bristles. A small amount of bacteria is on just about every surface you touch, so you can rest easy with the knowledge that your toothbrush is no different. Keep it rinsed – and then let it dry – and you are in good shape.

#3: Yes, Softer Really Is Better

It’s true, you do need to purchase soft bristles to protect your oral health. Though this may run counter to your instincts, soft bristles and gentle pressure when brushing protect your tissues while providing optimal removal of plaque and food particles.