We’re always talking about oral care tips, such as brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash in order to keep your mouth health in top condition, but what about looking after the tools of this trade? Your toothbrush is your best friend when it comes to looking after your teeth and gums, so it’s only right to show it the love it deserves!

What type of toothbrush is best?

We don’t mind whether you stay with a manual brush, or “go electric” but softer brushes are definitely recommended as we are seeing so many people overbrushing certain parts of teeth and causing needless wear. You may wear out a brush or electric head out more quickly with a softer type but that’s better than wearing your teeth away!

When to change your toothbrush

Firstly, toothbrushes should be changed quite regularly, probably more often than you realise. When the bristles have splayed and worn down they are ineffective and won’t do the job you need them to. With this in mind, we recommend changing your toothbrush – or brush head if you use an electric one – every three to four months. If your bristles look frayed before this length of time, replace it sooner. We also recommend replacing your toothbrush after an illness in order to ensure you are not repeatedly putting those sickness germs and bacteria back into your mouth every day.

It is worthwhile having a spare toothbrush in the cupboard for each family member, just in case. This will mean you have a back up should one of ‘those’ accidents happen, like when the dog runs off with a toothbrush, or when the kids decide to throw each other’s brushes down the toilet… we’ve all been there!

How to store your toothbrush

The subject of toilets leads us swiftly on to where – and where not – to store your toothbrush. The key is to keep it clean, so the first rule is to give it a home away from the toilet; the opposite end of the bathroom is fine.

To avoid any build up of toothpaste or saliva, rinse your brush in cold water after you use it and then store it upright, allowing the bristles to naturally air dry. It can be tempting to keep toothbrushes in a closed container to keep them clean but this actually does quite the opposite, because it can cause bacteria to build up on the constantly wet toothbrush. In fact, it can be a good idea to use a disposable toothbrush when you’re travelling to avoid this problem.

The team at Gaskell Avenue has a multitude of toothbrush and other dental health tips and techniques to share with you, plus a range of recommended brush types available to buy.

So make sure you keep up to date with your dental check ups and hygiene appointments to make the most of their vast knowledge! Just call 01565 633 034 to book your appointment.

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