Ever wonder if your toothbrush has microscopic germs that you can’t see? It’s not something we like to think about as we place the head of the brush inside our mouth daily, but the answer is YES! Germs can be living within the bristles on your toothbrush.

With the oral cavity housing hundreds of different types of microorganisms, there is a good chance of some of those germs to be transferred to your toothbrush. Brand new toothbrushes may also have bacteria on them when you take them out of the package. There is no requirement for toothbrushes to be sold in sterile packages.

Germs from your mouth are not the only contributors to those germs living on your toothbrush. If you store your toothbrush on the bathroom counter unprotected and in the open, simply flushing the toilet can introduce germs into the air. They can propel onto your toothbrush making toilet flushes the worst culprit to imagine contaminating your toothbrush.

This is an unpleasant truth, but there are a few steps you can take to help keep your mind at ease before, during and after brushing your teeth daily:

  • Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with hot water before and after brushing your teeth.
  • Store your toothbrush in an upright position if possible allowing ventilation. Do not store toothbrushes in airtight containers.
  • Keep toothbrushes separated to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Never share your toothbrush. Exchange of body fluids equals exchange of harmful bacteria.
  • Throw away your toothbrush after you’ve been sick.
  • Replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months when it starts to show signs of wear.

These practices combined with visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings will help to ensure that you have a lifelong healthy smile.

Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289 – 0560.

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Choosing the right toothbrush can be quite daunting with so many varieties on the market today. We have put together a few guidelines to aid in your decision of which toothbrushes are right for you and your family members from safety and comfort to size and durability.

Safety & Durability

Always choose a soft brush with rounded bristles. Using hard, stiff bristles can be harsh on the teeth and gums. The handle should be manufacturer-tested for strength and durability to withstand normal, everyday use. To show the product is safe for both soft and hard oral tissues and dental restorations, check for the ADA Seal to assure the quality and safety of the product.

Shape & Size

Make sure the head of the brush has a design that is not too large to fit in your mouth comfortably and reach the back molars easily. There are a variety of sizes on the market, from toddler and adolescent to adult. Each designed to fit comfortably within the average mouth of that age range.

Powered Vs. Manual

Both manual and powered toothbrushes are effective. Most adults find it difficult to make the switch from manual brushing to powered. Children may find power toothbrushes fun giving them more encouragement for regular brushing. Also, powered toothbrushes offer aid to those who need assistance with manual brushing. 

Weighing in all the factors above, safety and comfort are important when choosing the right toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush that is easy for you to use and reach all of your teeth for proper cleaning twice daily.

Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental for further questions.


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