Tupelo, MS – Dr. John Kenney – “Your Dental Health” - Toothbrush Care

Brushing your teeth daily plays an important role for personal oral hygiene. Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are also important. The ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use. Remember to always take good care of your toothbrush. *Never share toothbrushes. *Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. *Replace your toothbrush after being sick. *Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers- a moist environment such as a closed container is more conducive to the growth of bacteria. * Typically children's toothbrushes need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.