What is the scariest thing you will face this Halloween season? Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and grinning ghosts all elicit their own sense of fear. Yet, nothing is truly more terrifying than brushing your teeth with a dirty toothbrush. The problem is, germs are invisible to the naked eye, and it can often be difficult to tell if the sanitation of our toothbrush has been compromised. Here are some helpful hints to follow that will help you prevent the terror from even arising:
– Don’t share toothbrushes.
– Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Youth toothbrushes typically need to be replaced more often than adult toothbrushes.
– Electric toothbrushes make brushing easier.
– Keep your toothbrush aired out; do not consistently store them in closed containers.
– Avoid cross-contamination from toothbrushes touching each other.
– Keep your toothbrush clean when not in use.
– Use a toothbrush that easily fits into your mouth.
– Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
– Store your toothbrush upright.
– Stiff bristles can hurt gums, softer brushes are better.
– Be gentle and don’t press hard. A softer, gentler approach works best.
– Look for toothbrushes that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Also look for ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste.
– Make sure the size and shape of your brush can reach all areas in your mouth effectively.
For more great tips, or to book an appointment, please call Gary H. Morikawa, DDS Inc at 808-949-8866 to talk to a member of our team. You can also stop by our office in Honolulu, Hawaii. Have a spooktacular Halloween season!