How Important Is Your Toothbrush?

tbrushaNormally you are probably very cautious about what you put in your mouth. Are you as fussy about your toothbrush? I bet not. Most people probably don’t think much about their toothbrush. They may choose it based on color or price, throw it in the shopping cart, and use it until the bristles bend or fall out. Your toothbrush is an important tool because it helps keep periodontal disease at bay. According to research periodontal disease can affect your heart health, your blood pressure, your mind, and other parts of your body. In today’s blog, your North Richland Hills dentist, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler discusses what you should know about toothbrushes.

The American Dental Association

You’ve probably heard of the American Dental Association (ADA), but did you know that it is the leading source of oral health information for over 157, 000 dentists and their patients. By conducting research and evaluating dental products, the ADA keeps dentists and the public abreast of everything dental. Within the ADA is a group of independent scientific experts that evaluates commercial dental products for dentists and consumers, making sure they are safe and effective.  For instance, toothbrushes need to meet the following guidelines:

  • The toothbrush bristles should have no sharp or jagged edges.
  • The bristles should be able to withstand normal use without falling out.
  • The toothbrush handle must be manufacturer-tested for durability.
  • The toothbrush should require no adult supervision while using.
  • The product should be proven safe for oral use.
  • Use of the product should prove to effectively decrease mild gum disease.

Proper Toothbrush Care

The ADA suggests taking proper care of your toothbrush by doing the following:

  • Clean your toothbrush thoroughly under warm water after each use.
  • Harmful bacteria can grow on a wet toothbrush. Therefore store it in an upright position open to the air after each use.
  • Storing two or more toothbrushes together can encourage cross contamination. Therefore, if storing them together do not allow them to touch.
  • Replace your toothbrush after an illness. Otherwise replace it every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if the bristles become worn.

About your North Richland Hills Dentist

Whether you have special dental needs or you’re simply looking for a dentist’s office to call home, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team are here for you. We focus on exceptional dentistry for adults, with a keen focus on highly esthetic restorations and the treatment of painful TMJ disorder. To schedule your next appointment, call our North Richland Hills dentist office at 817-577-1444. North Hills Dental proudly serves patients from across the Metroplex, including Fort Worth, Dallas, Denton, the Midcities, and Southlake.