The common household toothbrush. Every Salt Lake City home has at least one, and at The Sugar House Dentist, we hope all Salt Lake City residents are brushing after each meal. While cosmetic dentistry and a complete smile makeover seem to be all the rage these days, daily brushing is still the most important thing you can do for your perfect smile.
It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat.
However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting you.
First, be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.
Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it can dry completely between uses.
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will minimize your risk of cavities and gum disease.
At The Sugar House Dentist in Salt Lake City, we provide family and cosmetic dentistry. We treat TMD, and can even help out if theres a snorer in your house. We are a mercury-free practice. Schedule an appointment today!
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