The emergence of COVID-19 poses a risk for everyone as it spreads across the country. At Lovett Dental Conroe, we want to help you stay safe. To help lower the risk of COVID-19 spread, here are some toothbrush safety tips from our general dentistry.
Put Some Distance Between Toothbrushes
Would it surprise you that the proximity of your toothbrush to others can spread unwanted viruses and bacteria? Toothbrushes typically reside on our bathroom countertops in a holder right next to other family members’ toothbrushes. Store your toothbrush separately and on the opposite side of the counter to avoid accidental contact and cross-contamination.
Wash Your Hands Before You Brush
With increased COVID-19 infection rates, it is highly recommended that you wash your hands often. Not only does it prevent the spread of the virus to your nose, eyes, and mouth, it also prevents you from transferring the virus to your toothbrush.
Rinse Your Toothbrush After Each Use
So why and how do you clean your toothbrush? When we brush our teeth, we transfer germs to the bristles and surface of our toothbrushes. Here are some toothbrush safety tips for you:
- It is not recommended that you use your dishwasher or soak your toothbrush in mouthwash.
- Rinse your toothbrush with water from your sink and let it air dry in between brushing.
- Avoid the use of toothbrush covers or storing them in a closed drawer or container where they might grow germs.
- Remember to disinfect the handle of your toothbrush.
Don’t Share Your Toothbrush, Toothpaste, or Floss
Why not sharing your toothbrush can be caring:
- Some people show no signs of illness when infected with COVID-19.
- Toothbrush safety in recommends you show your loved ones you care in other ways and don’t share your toothbrush, toothpaste, or floss.
- Toothpaste tubes and dispensers often sit on the bathroom counter and are handled by multiple family members.
- Make it a habit to wash the outside of the tubes and dispensers with antibacterial cleaner regularly.
Regular Dental Care
Maintain or resume teeth cleaning during the pandemic as part of your toothbrush safety tips and take care of yourself. Unwanted plaque buildup can lead to tartar, decay, and bacteria overgrowth that impacts your gums and your overall health.
Toothbrush Safety Tips for Children
- Label and color code each toothbrush with your children’s name to help them avoid using the wrong toothbrush.
- Discourage children from licking the mouth of the toothpaste tube or dispenser.
- Teach them to wipe out the sink after brushing and rinsing their teeth.
When To Trash Your Toothbrush
If you are feeling sick or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, our toothbrush safety tip is to use and clean your toothbrush until after your symptoms are gone and then throw it away. It is better to spend a few dollars on a new toothbrush than to risk spreading the virus. Otherwise, a good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Hygiene Care from Lovett Dental Conroe
We understand that the COVID-19 may have delayed appointments for your routine teeth cleaning during the pandemic. As our patients, you are our priority. We have always exceeded the CDC’s standards and will continue to update those practices as changes arise. Before you come for your appointment, we invite you to visit our COVID-19 page to learn the processes we have in place to ensure your family’s safety.
Our Lovett Dental Conroe staff offers a variety of specialty dental services and are here to help you decide what care regime best fits your needs and budget. For more information on our toothbrush safety tips and other services, please call Lovett Dental Conroe today at 936-760-2400, or if you prefer, reach out to through our contact page.