When patients and their parents come in for a visit to our pediatric dental office in Wichita, we always go out of our way to make sure they have the proper tools to take care of their teeth. And it all starts with the right brush. There are so many shapes, sizes, and colors out there that it can be difficult to find the one that works. Once you and your kiddo agree on what style makes them most comfortable, it’s important to take care of the brush just like you do your teeth.
Follow these easy steps to make sure your little one’s toothbrush stays clean and germ-free:
Step 1 — Sharing isn’t Caring
Before we even get into the actual cleaning part of toothbrush care, it’s important to talk about sharing. It’s an admirable skill we want to teach our kids, but the same rules don’t apply when it comes to our toothbrushes. Using someone else’s brush can put your kids in contact with germs, meaning a cold or flu is right around the corner. Kiddos with a weakened immune system or the flu should always avoid handling other people’s brushes.
Step 2 — Upright is Alright
Keep toothbrushes stored in the open air in an upright position, giving it ample time to dry. If your family has their toothbrushes in the same holder, make sure they are not touching to avoid cross-contamination.
Step 3 — Rinse Well After Brushing
Always make sure to thoroughly clean your kiddo’s toothbrush after each use. Clean off any excess toothpaste and debris. A good rinsing should do the trick.
Step 4 — Replace Brushes Frequently
Our Wichita pediatric dental office always tells our patients and their parents to get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Worn out or frayed brushes are not very effective at keeping teeth clean. Brushes should also be tossed following an illness. FYI: Kids brushes sometimes need to be replaced sooner than adults.
Having a clean, well-functioning toothbrush will help ensure your little one’s teeth are always getting the complete cleaning that they deserve. Make sure to choose a brush that’s comfortable, fun, and has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. Your Wichita pediatric dentist is always available to help answer any questions you may have about maintaining an effective, and fun oral hygiene routine.
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