Imagine brushing your teeth with bone and pig hair.
The first recorded toothbrush in human history was designed by the Chinese and was made from bone and pig hair bristles. Today, toothbrushes are made from synthetic materials designed to effectively clean the teeth and gums. There are endless options in the aisles of stores. Some toothbrushes are equipped with tongue cleaning features, others have thicker rubber bristles, while some are powered by electricity. Whichever brush you like to use- it is important to keep it clean and store it properly so that it can do its job well. Brushing your teeth is an essential step in maintaining your healthy teeth and gums.
Shippensburg, PA dentist Dr. Zachary Sisler encourages patients to take care of their toothbrush so that your toothbrush can take care of your teeth!
A Better Toothbrush For Healthier Teeth
Bristles Up & Out- Your toothbrush should always be stored in uncovered with the bristle side up. Allowing your brush to dry inbetween use can prevent bacteria buildup. Be sure to wash out your storage cup every few days as well.
Remain 6ft Away: Not from your toothbrush, but the toilet. Toothbrushes are commonly stored in the bathroom, this is okay, just make sure your brush is stored at least six feet away from your toilet. Every time you flush airborne particles are released into the air- and could potentially land on your brush’s bristles.
Clean Toothbrush, Clean Teeth: After every use thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with water. Rinsing your toothbrush will help to remove some of the debris or bacteria that it removed from your teeth.
Treat Yourself To A New Brush: Bristles do not last forever. With frequent proper brushing, the bristles on your toothbrush begin to wear down after about 3 months. Toothbrushes become less effective over time and eventually no longer successfully remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush once every 3 months.
Find The Right Fit: Brushing your teeth should be enjoyable. Brushing should feel comfortable and leave your mouth feeling refreshed and clean. Finding the right style, shape and size of a toothbrush can help ensure that you are not damaging your gums. In most cases a soft bristled brush with a medium sized head is ideal. Soft-bristled brushes are more malleable and actually clean in hard to reach spaces more effectively than a hard bristled brush. Soft bristles are also less likely to irritate or make the gums bleed.
Remember, brushing your teeth twice a day and effectively flossing daily can help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. At home oral hygiene and routine visits to our Shippensburg, PA dentist office are the best ways to prevent dental disease and tooth loss.