When you use your toothbrush, you generally aren’t taking slow, careful steps through the process of your dental hygiene. Instead, you plop the toothpaste onto the brush, make it through your two minutes, and you’re done! While we certainly don’t want you to obsess over your smile care, we do want you to take some details into consideration that can help you keep your toothbrush safe, clean, and beneficial to your smile.

Tip: Mind The Toilet

There are a couple reasons to take a quick glance at the toilet when you’re in the bathroom, practicing your dental hygiene. First, you will need to keep in mind that if your brush is out in the open and you flush the toilet with the lid up, particles from the toilet bowl can end up landing on your brush (so always close the lid first). Next, you can accidentally toss your brush into the bowl with the simplest of slips. So, again, keep that lid closed for dental hygiene that isn’t suddenly short of a toothbrush.

Tip: Just Rinse It

Don’t come up with any ideas that are too advanced if you’re trying to keep your toothbrush clean to promote effective, safe dental hygiene. You don’t need to try out anything fancy, such as dropping it into a pot of boiling water. To the contrary, rinsing after use (then letting it dry in the open) is all you require.

Tip: Keep It Isolated

We know that if you share a bathroom, you may feel tempted to pile your toothbrush into a shared cup. This isn’t ideal. You should use a cup that has separate holes per brush or, preferably, a single holder per brush. This limits the transfer of bacteria and germs from one to the next, keeping you and your smile healthier.

Protect Your Smile With Simple Care Tips

Remember that we have tips to offer that can provide you with significant benefits as you practice your dental care! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We also gladly serve patients in Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.