How to care for your toothbrush


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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy

toothbrushThe humble toothbrush is the main weapon in your oral hygiene arsenal, so are you paying it the respect it deserves? Follow these tips to keep your brush in top condition.

Replace your toothbrush regularly

You should replace your brush every three to four months, or when the bristles are looking worn or spread apart. If you come down with the flu, cold sore or other contagious illness buy a new toothbrush, even if it’s less than four months old, to avoid re-infecting yourself with the bacteria on your brush.

Use the correct toothpaste

Some toothpastes are more effective at killing bacteria than others. Buy one that contains triclosan or copolymer as this is better than regular fluoride toothpastes at killing oral bacteria.

Don’t share toothbrushes 

It should go without saying, but don’t ever share your toothbrush, even with your significant other! When you’re squeezing toothpaste onto your brush, ensure you don’t press the opening onto the bristles as this will also transfer bacteria.

Clean your toothbrush thoroughly 

Rinse your brush thoroughly after every use. Storing your brush with the bristles immersed in a glass with a small amount of mouthwash will also get rid of any nasties.


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*The contents of this blog post are of a general nature only and may not apply to your specific circumstances. As every person is different we always recommend that you visit a qualified dental practitioner to obtain tailored dental advice to suit your own specific needs.

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