Proper Storage for Your Child’s Toothbrush
Pediatric Dentistry Palo Alto
You have a toy bin, and a sock drawer, a shelf for all the cookbooks and a basket for the laundry, but have you ever thought about how you store your child’s toothbrush?
Believe it or not, toothbrushes can easily become home to millions of microorganisms that cause oral infections and disease! Avoid dental disaster by following these easy solutions to keeping a clean toothbrush for all members of your family:
Air It Out
Damp, dark places are breeding ground havens for bacteria, so consider the counter or medicine cabinet as a better place to let toothbrushes dry before next use.
Put Some Thought into Placement
Toothbrushes left on the counter should be well away from the toilet and toilet. Every time the toilet flushes, germs inevitably fly through the air, and a toothbrush in the “splash zone” is a dangerous place to be. Similarly, a toothbrush too close to the sink risks catching splashes from dirty soap and water anytime someone uses the sink.
Change is a Good Thing!
You should change toothbrushes approximately every three months, but should be keen to signs of wearing even before the three month mark. Frayed or pushed down bristles are a sign it’s time to splurge for a new toothbrush!
For more information about proper toothbrush care and storage, or to schedule your next appointment with Palo Alto Pediatric Dentist Dr. Haghpanah, call 650-322-9837 today!