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There’s a Right Way To Care For Your Child’s Toothbrush

December 15, 2017 ABC Children's Dentistry

Regular – and proper – toothbrushing plays a vital role in your child’s oral health, especially in the prevention against gingivitis. That’s why it is essential that you help your child take care of his or her toothbrush.

In this issue, we’ll tell you how.

All toothbrushes are the same, right?

Wrong! As we wrote in a previous blog entry, not all toothbrushes are created equal. Different ages require different types of brushes. Pre-school children, pre-teens and teens each require different brushes and approaches in keeping teeth clean.

How should we store and take care of our toothbrushes?

Because numerous studies have shown that numerous microorganisms are able to grow and breed on toothbrushes after they’ve been used, it’s important to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your child’s brush as clean as possible.

According to the American Dental Association and the Council on Scientific Affairs, there are a number of  proactive and preventative steps you can take.

Avoid closed containers; instead, give it air.

Storing the toothbrush in an upright position is the best way to go. The familiar open-air toothbrush holder found in most family bathrooms is your best option because open air will ensure that the brushes dry thoroughly. Because microorganisms tend to grow in wet conditions, closed containers should be avoided.

Toothbrushes aren’t meant to be shared.

While children are often encouraged to share toys, sharing toothbrushes is something that should be avoided at all costs. In fact, every effort should be made to make sure toothbrushes do not even touch during storage. To avoid possible mix ups, you may want to make sure each family member’s toothbrush has its own color and style.

Rinse off the toothbrush after each use.

As soon as your child has finished brushing, make sure the brush is completely rinsed under tap water.

Get new toothbrushes every 3-4 months.

Because the bristles tend to fray after extensive use, your child’s toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months.

Looking for compassionate and fun pediatric dental care in San Diego? Call ABC Children’s Dentistry.

We’re committed to eliminating any anxiety children may have about visiting the dentist. We care for each patient as an individual with individual needs.

To schedule an appointment for your child’s dental care, call ABC Children’s Dentistry here in San Diego.

Our number is 858-780-9794. Also, you can reach us online and via email.