Oral hygiene: Learn how to take care of your toothbrush:
The toothbrush is the main tool in your oral hygiene routine, along with the sponge you use to wash dirty dishes.
Paradoxically, very few people know how to take care of these essential elements for personal and collective hygiene.
A good toothbrush (and a good sponge) keeps bacteria at bay and protects you against cavities, gingivitis and bad breath; and other diseases that come because you have low defenses.
Here are 7 tips to keep in mind:1- Wash with Bicarbonate: You can wash your brush with a little water with baking soda after using it. Then, keep it dry.
2- Always keep your brush dry: So that moisture does not damage it and bacteria and fungi do not proliferate, it is important to dry your brush between use and use. You do not have to do it with a towel: you can simply shake it under the tap water to remove remains of toothpaste and then place it in an upright position so that the water drains and the moisture evaporates naturally.
3- Avoid contact with other brushes: Every time you use your brush, you are depositing bacteria in it and, in the case of being sick, viruses. To avoid infecting others through the toothbrush, try not to touch others. In this sense, accessories for the bathroom that contain several holes in which to place the brushes are very useful, since they manage to hold them with the ideal separation.
4- Do not let anyone else use it: For obvious reasons, only you can use it. To avoid the spread of caries and other diseases.
5- Replace it every 3 months: After about three months, your brush loses effectiveness. The bristles wear out and become brittle, and they no longer clean properly, they do not drag the bacterial plaque so well and they do not come so easily to the most difficult corners of your mouth. Replace it before this happens, so that your teeth receive the care they deserve.
6- Replace it after being sick: It is also important that you change it for a new one after having been sick, so as not to risk getting infected again.
7- Always choose the same color: (whenever you change the toothbrush) In a family, there may be several models of brushes with similar design.
To avoid confusion, a tip is to choose a specific color for each member. Thus, there will be no doubt.