Blog Posts by Geelong Smile Studio
Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush
In our last article we attempted to simplify the toothbrush selection decision.
We found that scientific studies have found that there was no difference between the effectiveness of manual and powered toothbrushes and that our selection of a toothbrush is largely personal.
Our toothbrush of choice should have a comfortable handle with a small head and soft bristles.
It is obviously important to look after your toothbrush. Once you have finished brushing your teeth (for at least three to four minutes), rinse your toothbrush with tap water to remove any remaining toothbrush and debris.
Store the brush in an upright position and allow it to air dry. Avoid covering your toothbrush or storing toothbrushes in a closed container since this will encourage the growth of micro-organisms.
If more than one toothbrush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated.
Your toothbrush should be replaced every three months or when the bristles start to wear, whichever comes first.
That shaggy dog toothbrush is no longer very effective, and it tends to indicate overzealous brushing.
This heavy handed brushing should be discouraged as it causes gingival recession.
Finally, it is often a wise idea to consider replacing your toothbrush after a cold, sore throat or mouth infection to prevent the accumulation of micro-organisms on the brush which may result in reinfection.