Are you certain that you have been purchasing the right type of toothbrush? Do you make sure you select a brush with soft bristles from the dental hygiene aisle because anything harder may lead to problems with your smile, such as scraped enamel? If so, you are excelling at paying attention to preventive care details. However, you might find that you have some areas of uncertainty regarding your brush choice and how to keep your brush in good shape. Consider some frequent questions and answers to help you continue down the right path.

Questions and Answers About Your Toothbrush

Question: What should I do if I think a toothbrush looks like a good preventive care option for me but I’m a little bit unsure whether the promises on the package are true?

Answer: The easiest way to determine whether you are about to purchase a reliable product is to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This means that the American Dental Association has determined that the product will provide you with effective dental hygiene.

Question: I’m always worried that my toothbrush is becoming full of bacteria as it sits out after I use it. What should I do?

Answer: It’s unnecessary to attempt to sterilize your toothbrush – remember that your mouth is full of bacteria! Instead, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Rinse your brush with tap water after you use it
  • Place it in a cup (bristles up) if possible, so it has the chance to air out without coming into contact with the sink or counter
  • Don’t place it in an enclosed area (like a bag), where bacteria will quickly breed

Question: I know I’m supposed to brush gently – as a result, my toothbrush lasts and lasts. How often should I replace it?

Answer: Even if your brush looks pristine, we suggest practicing the best home preventive care by replacing your toothbrush once every three months.

Riverside Dental Group and Dental Associate Offices Serves a Community Near You!

Our dentists look forward to caring for you and every member of your family with a comprehensive selection of services. We will maintain and improve your oral health with a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, implant, and emergency dentistry techniques. We also specialize in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics, serving patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at  (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.