If you’re like most people, you’re probably already using your toothbrush daily to scrub plaque and bacteria off your teeth. Of course, for brushing to do you any good, it’s important to make sure that the head of your toothbrush stays clean and safe to use. After all, you don’t want to place bristles filled with germs and residue from the previous day against your teeth first thing in the morning! If you’re not sure how to clean your toothbrush, keep the following 5 tips in mind.
1. Run It Under Hot Water Before and After You Use It
New bacteria can build up on your toothbrush between uses, and there will be some harmful substances left over once you’re done using it. Fortunately, running it under some hot water is usually enough to remove bacteria and keep the toothbrush sanitized. You don’t need to boil the toothbrush; just make sure that the water you use to rinse it is hot enough to produce steam.
2. Soak It in Antibacterial Mouthwash
If you want further protection against bacteria, try soaking your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash for about two minutes after every brushing session. That way, you can be sure that it’s as clean as possible before you use it again. Note that the ingredients in mouthwash can break down the bristles of the toothbrush, wearing it out faster; as such, you should avoid soaking the toothbrush any longer than you have to.
3. Keep Your Toothbrush in an Open-Air Holder
Storing your toothbrush in a dark drawer or cabinet is an invitation for harmful bacteria to breed. Instead, you should leave your toothbrush out to dry in an open-air holder. If you must store your toothbrush in an enclosed space, make sure that it is completely dry before you do so.
4. Check Carefully for Contaminants
After you’re done with your toothbrush, check it carefully for bits of toothpaste or food that might still be stuck on the bristles. Make sure that these particles are removed when you rinse your toothbrush. If you notice any discoloration or buildup on the bristles, throw the toothbrush out immediately.
5. Don’t Forget to Replace Your Toothbrush
It’s recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months after the bristles have become frayed. However, if you’ve used your toothbrush while you’re sick, then you should get a new one as soon as you’re better to avoid a reinfection.
Feel free to bring up your brushing habits during your next appointment with your dentist. They can give you further tips for cleaning and protecting your toothbrush. Above all else, remember that your toothbrush is an important tool for maintaining excellent oral hygiene; taking good care of it means taking good care of your smile!
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