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The History of the Toothbrush

Imagine brushing your teeth with bone and pig hair!

Invented by the Chinese the first toothbrush was made of bone and big hair. Before that, it is believed many cultures would chew on wood or other coarse natural materials to help keep their teeth clean. Toothbrushes have come a long way from sticks and bone. Modern-day toothbrushes are made of synthetic materials and are a highly useful tool for maintaining your smile. A high-quality toothbrush is an essential tool for effective preventative dental care and when used correctly can help prevent oral and systemic disease.

Dr. Banks is a highly trained, experienced and compassionate accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Banks provides comprehensive general, cosmetic and restorative dental care from his state of the art dentist office. Dr. Banks promotes personalized patient education and preventative dentistry to help maintain healthy, stable, beautiful smiles.

 Inwood, WV Dr. Kenneth Banks, and our Shenandoah dental care team offer some tips and tricks on how to care for your toothbrush so it can take care of your teeth.

woman brushing her teeth inwood wv dentist

Toothbrush Maintenance

  • Store Your Brush Bristles Up- Store your toothbrush bristle side up so that excess water can drain away from the head of the brush. Allowing the toothbrush to air dry inbetween use can reduce bacteria growth inbetween the bristles. It is also recommended that you clean your toothbrush container at least once a week to help keep bacteria at bay.
  • Six Feet from the Toilet- Dr. Banks recommends keeping your toothbrush a safe distance from the toilet. As a rule of thumb storing your toothbrush at least six feet away from the bathroom can help reduce airborne particles from finding their way to your brush.
  • Rinse and Repeat- After you brush your teeth it is a good idea to give your toothbrush a quick rinse. Rinsing the bristles will remove excesses toothpaste and any debris it collected from your teeth keeping your bristles fresher.
  • Replace Frequently- The American Dental Association reccomeneds switching out your toothbrush once every three months. Bacteria builds, and bristles become less efficient with repeated use. A new toothbrush every three months can help keep your pearly whites clean and healthy.

Preventative dentistry is the key to a healthy, naturally beautiful smile. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once helps keep your teeth and gums healthy inbetween visits to our Shenandoah Valley dentist office. Visiting the dentist at least once every six months allows Dr. Banks keep your smile bright. Routine dental cleanings and oral health exams allow for early intervention of more advanced dental health concerns. To schedule your dental health exam or to learn more about how to care for your teeth and gums, contact Inwood, WV Smile Designs of the Shenandoah Valley.