Toothbrush Care the Use and Handling of Toothbrushes

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 23, 2014

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Brushing your teeth is very important for oral health. But, so is the proper use and handling of toothbrush. These tips will help you ensure that your mouth is healthy.
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    Your toothbrush is the closest ally to your teeth and gums. You must handle and use your toothbrush properly for effective oral care. Here are some toothbrush use and handling tips for optimum oral care and healthier teeth. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Infection Control

    Regularly use a fluoride based toothpaste as it can reduce the amount of plaque which contains gum disease causing bacteria and cut the risk of tooth decay. It will also help you to prevent cavities. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Rinse Well After Use

    Rinse your toothbrush after you brush your teeth. Plaque and other debris is usually contaminated with bacteria, blood, saliva and oral debris which may contaminate the toothbrush. Make sure you clean your toothbrush after every use. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    No Sharing

    Your toothbrush is meant to be only yours. Never share your toothbrush as doing so will pose a risk of infections and other problems caused by the exchange of body fluids to all users of the toothbrush. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Separate Holders

    After every time you rinse your toothbrush thoroughly to remove the toothpaste and debris, allow it to air-dry for sometime. Then store it in an upright position in a separate holder. Multiple toothbrushes placed in the same holder and touching each other will pose higher risk of infections. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Change Quickly

    Instead of using the same toothbrush for long and relying on disinfectants, replace every toothbrush in your family after 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles become harsh. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Use it Gently

    Even your toothbrush can harm your teeth and gums. Always handle your toothbrush gently and carefully brush your teeth in circular motion without damaging the enamel or your gums. Image Courtesy : Getty

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    Visit your Doctor

    If someone uses a toothbrush that belongs to someone else who has a medical condition or communicable diseases, get the former immediately checked for infection. Don't take chances with improper use of toothbrushes.  Image Courtesy: Getty

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