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Your toothbrush is a vital part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. But you need to take proper care of it, so it can take care of you! Use the tips below to choose the right toothbrush, keep it clean, and store it properly, both at home and on the road.
Callout: Brushing for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and reaching the entire surface of every tooth has been shown to reduce plaque and risk for cavities, gingivitis, tooth decay, and much more.
A couple of quick tips for buying the right toothbrush:
Make sure you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed or matted. An old or damaged toothbrush won’t clean your teeth as effectively and is more likely to harbor bacteria.
The way you care for and store your toothbrush at home is important. The right routine and environment will help you maintain a healthy smile, while improper toothbrush care can actually introduce more bacteria and oral health risks.
Sleeping away from home can create some obstacles for taking care of your toothbrush, but it’s easy to keep it clean and sanitary with a little planning.
If you’re taking a long flight or have a layover, consider packing your toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste in your carry on. That way you can freshen up before your final destination. Just make sure to buy a small tube that is allowed on an airplane — the TSA allows travel-size containers no larger than 3.4 ounces.
Forget your toothbrush? You can usually find one for purchase at a gas station or in a hotel lobby, but until then, rinse your mouth out with water regularly. Washing away any remaining food will help you limit bacteria growth and reduce bad breath until you find a replacement toothbrush.