Have you ever asked yourself how you should clean and store your toothbrush when you’re not using it? The way you store your toothbrush could have an affect on your oral health. Here are some steps you can take to maximize toothbrush cleanliness and minimize bacteria.
Below are some tips from the Drs. Busch for toothbrush use and storage:
- Toothbrushes should not be shared– Sharing a toothbrush exposes both users to bacteria and microorganisms from the other user, which can increase chances of infection. You should also avoid storing your toothbrush in the same container as other people’s toothbrushes.
- Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after each use – Rinsing your toothbrush well under running water will help remove food particles, toothpaste, and other debris from the bristles of your brush.
- Store your toothbrush in an open-air container – Putting a wet toothbrush in a sealed container creates a favorable environment for microorganisms and bacteria.
- Change your toothbrush every three months – The bristles of your toothbrush become less effective and frayed after repeated use so it’s a good idea to replace it on a regular basis. It’s also wise to replace it after you’ve been sick.
If your toothbrush is looking a little worse for wear, drop by Briargate Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics and we’ll be glad to provide you with a new one!