How to Clean Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush keeps your teeth clean, but how do you keep your toothbrush clean? Hint: it’s not just by rinsing it alone.
Toothbrushes tend to be a favorite hangout for bacteria and germs, and a quick swipe beneath a running faucet is just not enough to keep that bacteria at bay. Know what that means? Your toothbrush isn’t as clean as you think when you put it in your mouth. Not a pleasant thought, we know, which is why we’ve put together these guidelines on how to clean your toothbrush, and how to keep it that way.
Tips for Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean
Store Your Toothbrush Upright and Solo
You might think covering your toothbrush is a good way to protect it from gathering germs, but unless the cover offers plenty of air circulation, it will actually create an environment mold and bacteria love! Instead, store your toothbrush vertically in a holder or cup with the bristles up so they can dry properly.
In addition, it’s important to keep your brush separated from others. If you store toothbrushes together, they can easily exchange microorganisms, and that’s not good!
Never Borrow or Share Your Toothbrush
Your mouth harbors plenty of its own bacteria, don’t add someone else’s to the mix! Sharing a toothbrush is a great way to share germs as well, which not only increases the amount of bacteria in your mouth and on your brush, but also increases your chances of getting sick or contracting an infectious disease such as tooth decay.
Clean Your Toothbrush Regularly
The only true way to keep germs at a minimum and say bye-bye to bacteria is to include cleaning your toothbrush in your daily routine. In other words, don’t just brush your teeth every day, clean your toothbrush daily too! Here’s how:
- Rinse your toothbrush under hot water both before and after you brush.
- When you get done brushing, put your toothbrush head-side down in a cup of antibacterial mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide and leave it there for 3-5 minutes.
- Another option? Head to the kitchen and boil some water, then dip your toothbrush in and hold it there for 2-3 minutes.
- Don’t want to bother with boiling water? There’s another way to clean a toothbrush in the kitchen – just put it in the dishwasher! Yep, what works for knives, forks, and spoons works for your toothbrush too. Just be sure to use a lower temperature to avoid damaging its plastic handle.
- Invest in a UV sanitizer. Sure it’s a little on the pricey side, but it can absolutely be worth the investment when you consider this go-to bacteria buster is so reliable and effective, even hospitals use it!
Know When it’s Time to Replace Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes typically last 3-4 months, but you should reach for a new one sooner if your toothbrush is showing signs of wear and tear such as excessively frayed bristles. A toothbrush in such condition can’t do its job of cleaning your teeth very well, so it’s definitely time to trade it in for a fresh one.
You should also replace your toothbrush if you’ve been ill, or if it’s been near the toothbrush of anyone else who’s been sick. Otherwise, you’re just keeping those germs around that are getting in your way of staying healthy.
Visit Your Dentist!
You know what they say: The best cure is prevention. Scheduling regular dental appointments not only keeps your teeth healthy and clean, but you get the added bonus of a new toothbrush every time! Now you know how to keep that brush in good condition, too, which in turn will keep your smile looking its best.
Give Weber, Mountford, and Ruszkowski a call today to make your next dental cleaning appointment, and make sure your teeth stay not only clean, but also healthy, and strong.