Have you ever taken a moment to think about how you are cleaning and storing your child’s toothbrush? The way you store their toothbrush could have an effect on your child’s overall oral health! At Kid’s Dental Group we are here to help with some steps to help with toothbrush cleanliness for your child’s oral health.
- Don’t share! This may seem obvious, but sharing a toothbrush exposes both users to bacteria and microorganisms from the other user. This can increase the chances of infection. Avoid storing your child’s toothbrush in the same container as other member’s of the family. Keep it separate to be safe!
- Rinse thoroughly! After each use, remind your child to rinse their toothbrush under running water to help remove food particles, toothpaste, and other debris from the bristles of their brush.
- Store the toothbrush in an open-air container! Putting a wet toothbrush in a sealed container creates a favourable environment for bacteria to grow. Keep the toothbrush in an open-air container instead.
- Change their toothbrush every three months! The bristles of their toothbrush become less effective after repeated use. It is a good idea to replace it on a regular basis (at least every three months or as soon as the bristles are frayed). It is also wise to replace the toothbrush after your child has been sick.
To help your child develop healthy oral care habits, remind them of these tips! Keep their toothbrush in a clean place, away from the edge of a sink and definitely far from the toilet! Keep the toothbrush upright and in a cool dry place. For more help on your child’s oral health needs, contact us at Kids Dental Group in Markham, Richmond Hill and Stouffville.