There are certain habits or activities that most people should be accustomed to doing on a daily basis, one of which is brushing your teeth. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to do so properly you want to make sure your toothbrush is clean before you put it in your mouth. The CDC, Center for Disease Control, has gone on record saying that “even after being visibly clean, toothbrushes can remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms.” Since you use your toothbrush often it is important to know how to keep it clean.
Here are a few ways to help you keep your toothbrush as germ-free as possible:
- Keeping your toothbrush in a cabinet or using a toothbrush protector actually increases bacteria.
- Keeping multiple brushes in one cup is bad – brushes rub against each other and spread bacteria.
- Wash your hands first! This may seem like common sense, but many people first reach for their toothbrush.
- Wash your toothbrush before and after every use. This means holding it under running water and rubbing your thumb over it with force.
- Occasionally place your toothbrush in the dishwasher for a deep clean. Use ordinary dishwasher soap.
- Replace every three to four months.
- Always use toothpaste!
Here are some helpful tips that your top dentist recommends to keep your toothbrush clean:
- If your bristles are bending it might be time for a new toothbrush.
- Consider buying a UV toothbrush cleaner.
- Keep your toothbrush in a cup of water with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Change daily!
- Stir your toothbrush in a cup of mouthwash for a minimum of 30 seconds. The alcohol present in the mouthwash solution will kill most of the bacteria.
- Keeping your toothbrush away from the toilet.
- If anyone in your home is sick, throw away that person’s toothbrush and any other that came into contact with it.
- Take a mug of boiling hot water and place your toothbrush in it for 30 minutes. Some brush’s bristles may melt, but most brands will not
Remember to clean your toothbrush and keep up with regular appointments at your local dentist. Keeping up with appointments is a crucial factor in keeping your oral health at its best. Help yourself and help your smile by remembering to brush and keeping that toothbrush clean.