Every day, you brush your teeth to keep your smile healthy and looking its best. You know it’s an important part of your day and it’s been a consistent habit for years. How often, though, do you actually take the time to really consider your toothbrush? At D’Amico & Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO, Dr. Nicholas D’Amico and Dr. Matt Mauck help patients achieve their healthiest, most beautiful smiles through a variety of general dentistry services, including patient education. Part of that education involves proper home care and explaining the importance of maintaining your toothbrush.
Taking Care of the Brush that Cares for Your Smile
Our doctors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste to prevent the buildup of plaque, a sticky substance that contains decay-causing bacteria. The CDC also suggests the following toothbrush care techniques to keep your smile safe from cavities, bad breath, and more.
- Never share your toothbrush, even with a spouse or family member. This may lead to a variety of health problems, including the spread of infection.
- After each use, rinse your brush with tap water to remove any remaining debris and toothpaste. Store it upright and allow it to dry; avoid closeable travel toothbrush holders that keep the bristles from drying. This can lead to the growth of bacteria.
- Replace your toothbrush approximately every three months, or even sooner if the bristles show obvious signs of wear and tear. The American Dental Association (ADA) bases this recommendation on the effectiveness of the brush after regular use rather than the potential for bacterial contamination.
- It is not necessary to soak your toothbrush in any kind of specialized disinfectant or mouthwash unless otherwise directed by your dentist. In fact, this practice may result in unintentional cross-contamination if multiple brushes are soaked in the same solution.
Other Important Oral Health Basics
In addition to brushing and flossing at home, it is vital that you and your family visit our office for routine exams and thorough cleanings about once every six months. Contact our office in Aurora, CO today to schedule your visit with Drs. D’Amico and Mauck and our friendly team. We look forward to seeing and serving your beautiful smile! Our state-of-the-art dental practice also happily serves patients from the surrounding areas, including Denver, Parker, Englewood, Centennial, and beyond.