SHAKESPEARE WROTE, “Parting is such sweet sorrow…”. But from everyone here at our practice, we can assure you that the sorrow part ends the second you start brushing with a new toothbrush.
Take A Look At Your Toothbrush
Your orthodontic work can be especially hard on your toothbrush. Are the bristles starting to look bent, worn, or frayed? Or, are the bristles starting to look like they’re parallel to your teeth instead of perpendicular? If so, it’s time for a new toothbrush. Has somebody else used your toothbrush (gross)? If so, they’ve contaminated it with the bacteria in their mouth—and if you use it, you’ll expose yourself to any disease or sickness they may have. Again, it’s time for a new toothbrush.
The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Old toothbrushes lose their structural ability to thoroughly clean, and fraying bristles don’t clean well between your teeth, and under and around your braces. And as you know, that’s really important during your orthodontic treatment period. Fraying bristles can also be hard on your gums and can even cause damage to your gums.
Are You Storing Your Toothbrush Correctly?
- Store it upright, and keep it out of contact with the bathroom counter.
- Keep it out of contact with other people’s toothbrushes.
- Keep it far away from the toilet splash zone (gross, again).
- Make sure it dries between uses. Toothbrush covers are handy for travel, but at home your toothbrush needs to air dry.
When you get a new toothbrush, keep these tips in mind:
- Get the size that fits in your mouth comfortably and reaches everywhere.
- Hard bristles can wear enamel unnecessarily. Soft bristles are usually better.
- The brand is not as important as your commitment to brushing correctly and regularly. If you have questions about how to do that, visit with our team.
What Can You Do With That Old Toothbrush!?
Well, you could just throw it away. But that’s boring! There are all kinds of uses for old toothbrushes—like cleaning, painting, and yes, bracelet making!
Here are two videos that show you how to make a cool bracelet out of your old toothbrush (by the way, the second video doesn’t have any sound). If you don’t want to do this yourself, do you have a child, niece, nephew, grandson, granddaughter, little sister, little brother, or neighbor that would have fun doing it? Share the idea, or try it together!
Keep Up Great Oral Hygiene Habits During Your Orthodontic Treatment!
It’s absolutely worth it! And don’t miss your regular checkups. If you ever have any questions about toothbrushes or any other orthodontic or oral health topic, ask us, leave a comment below and we’ll quickly respond, or send us a message on our Facebook page!