Now, more than ever, we need to keep ourselves and our families healthy for a healthy immune system. One of the things you might not think about is your toothbrush, or better yet, how to keep it clean and disease-free, especially for your little ones.
The team at our pediatric dental office in Spring would like to share with you some super easy steps to ensure your kiddo’s toothbrush is clean and free from harmful germs that can make us all sick!
Step 1 — Sharing isn’t Caring
Before we even get into the actual cleaning part of toothbrush care, it’s essential to talk about sharing. It’s an admirable skill we want to teach our kids, but the same rules don’t apply when it comes to our toothbrushes. Your Spring pediatric dentist will always tell you that using someone else’s brush can put your kids in contact with germs, meaning a cold or flu is right around the corner. Kiddos, with a weakened immune system or the flu, should always avoid handling other people’s brushes.
Step 2 — Upright is Alright
Keep toothbrushes stored in the open air in an upright position, giving it ample time to dry. If your family has their toothbrushes in the same holder, make sure they are not touching to avoid cross-contamination.
Step 3 — Rinse Well After Brushing
Always make sure to clean your kiddo’s toothbrush after each use thoroughly. Clean off any excess toothpaste and debris. A good rinsing should do the trick.
Step 4 — Replace Brushes Frequently
Our Spring pediatric dental office always tells our patients and their parents to get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Worn out or frayed brushes are not very effective at keeping teeth clean. Brushes should also be tossed following an illness. FYI: Kids brushes sometimes need to be replaced sooner than adults.
Having a clean, well-functioning toothbrush will help ensure your little one’s teeth are always getting the complete cleaning they deserve. Make sure to choose a brush that’s comfortable, fun, and has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. Your pediatric dentist in Spring is always available to help answer any questions you may have about maintaining an effective and fun oral hygiene routine.