Proper Toothbrush Care

Protecting Your Smile Starts with the Right Brush

One of the most important hygiene skills that you never forget is brushing your teeth. For years, cleaning your teeth has been noted as being a necessity when it comes to your overall health. This still stands! Brushing your teeth should be part of your daily routine and has consequences over time if you skip it. Something that many patients look over and don’t think of as important is properly taking care of your toothbrush. Thankfully, your Twin Cities dentist is here to explain how to choose the right toothbrush and why proper care is necessary.


When you brush your teeth in the morning and at night, you’re removing the surface stains and any loose, lingering food particles from the day. When it comes to choosing your toothbrush, it’s important to notice these factors:

  • The size of the head of the brush—it should be small in order to come in contact with the hard to reach places of your mouth
  • The texture of the bristles—make sure the bristles are soft instead of rough; your teeth and gums are more sensitive than you think, so it’s best to clean them with something gentle
  • The color and handle are up to personal preference!


Once you’ve picked the perfect toothbrush for you, proper brushing begins! Brush for at least two minutes in and the morning and at night, as well as spending careful time flossing for however long is necessary. And don’t forget to brush your tongue and gums, too.


Although you’ve finished brushing your teeth, don’t think that the care stops there! Proper toothbrush care is very important and making sure you get the most out of your toothbrush matters! Here are some tips to help your toothbrush last:

  • Store it somewhere with open air flow—if the bristles on your brush are contained and closed up, you’re putting it at risk to grow mold with the lingering water
  • Don’t share your toothbrush with others—even though they may not be sick, your bacteria is your own, and mixing it with someone else’s can get you or them ill
  • Replace your toothbrush after 3 months—although there may not be anything visually wrong with your brush, the bristles are weaker and aren’t doing the proper cleaning that they’ve done in the past


To learn more about proper oral hygiene, contact your Twin Cities dentist by calling our office at (651) 455-1601 or click here to request an appointment online today.