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Smile Town Childrens Dentist Burnaby, Langley, North Delta
SmileTown Dentistry & Orthodontics in Burnaby

Burnaby Location

Get your child ready for a safari when they visit our jungle-themed practice at 4460 Beresford St. in Burnaby.

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SmileTown Dentistry & Orthodontics in Delta

North Delta Location

It's all beach balls & water fun at our beach-themed North Delta practice located at 7511 120th Street.

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SmileTown Dentistry & Orthodontics in Langley

Langley Location

Our underwater-themed Langley practice is conveniently located in Willoughby Town Centre.

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How to Care for Your Toothbrush

Posted Mar 9th, 2017

Daily oral care is exceedingly important if you want to maintain good oral health and of course, a dazzling smile. The most basic way to attain this is through brushing the teeth at least twice a day. Since you will be buying your own toothbrush, it is vital that you know how to take good care of it so it can last and be effective.

No Sharing of Toothbrush

Your toothbrush should only be used by you. Avoid sharing toothbrush as this could increase the risk of getting an infection since bacteria and bodily fluids are involved.

Clean and Store It Correctly

Wash your toothbrush immediately after use to avoid growth of mould and bacteria. Properly storing a toothbrush is done by letting it stand upright so it will dry, instead of putting it in a closed container since the moist air in closed containers promotes the growth of bacteria.

If you have an electric toothbrush, you must clean the brush head at least once a week using a moist cloth, mild soap and water. Make sure to remove the battery before doing anything, so you won't get shocked. Also, it is important to read cleaning instructions that go with your electric toothbrush.

Keep It Dry

It’s vital to clean your toothbrush regularly; however, it's almost as essential as keeping it dry. You can still use toothbrush sanitizer, a dishwasher or a mouthwash, but for long periods of time. If a toothbrush isn't allowed to dry properly, mold and bacteria could grow in it. The mould and bacteria could harm your teeth instead of helping it. Positioning it in an upright position helps drain the moisture out of the toothbrush bristles.

Replace It Frequently

Even if you follow all the above steps, a toothbrush must not be used forever. Dentists would normally suggest replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. If you have a weak immune system, replacing your toothbrush every month isn’t bad either.

Use Effective and Safe Toothbrush-Cleaning Products

There are products in the market that advertise to "sanitize" toothbrushes. But the American Dental Association suggests that there's no definite proof that such products offer health benefits. The American Dental Association also encourages buyers to be aware of such products that claim to "sterilize" toothbrush, since presently there is no data to help support such statements.

Some products claim that they are designed to "sanitize" your toothbrush. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there is no conclusive evidence that these products provide any particular benefit to your health. The ADA also encourages consumers to be wary of products claiming to "sterilize" your toothbrush, as there is currently no data to support such claims.

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