Proper toothbrush care is important to your oral health. A worn toothbrush is less effective in cleaning, the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Children’s toothbrushes often need to be replaced more frequently.
Some common-sense things that the American Dental Association recommends to ensure your child’s toothbrush remains effective:
- Don’t share toothbrushes.
- Thoroughly rinse the toothbrush with tap water after use to remove any toothpaste and debris.
- Store the toothbrush in an upright position if possible and allow it to air-dry.
- When storing more than one brush, keep them separated so that germs are not transferred from one brush to another.
- Don’t routinely cover or store toothbrushes in closed containers. A moist environment helps the growth of most germs.
Children may find that brushing with a powered toothbrush is fun which will ensure they use it twice a day to thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your teeth. Dr. Rojas does not have a preference, both manual and powered toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean your teeth as long as they are used.