Tips for the ToothbrushSep 14 2020
Whatever kind of toothbrush you have, they all need to be cleaned and maintained so you aren’t putting a dirty toothbrush in your mouth to “clean” it. That makes sense right? If you feel like you need to do a little bit more for that toothbrush, here are some tips for cleaning and keeping minimal bacteria on it.
- Make sure your toothbrush has room and time to dry. If you set it upside down or in another position, it may not air-dry completely, letting bacteria and germs grow on the wet bristles (ew). The same goes for moist and warm containers, like a toothbrush case, the toothbrush won’t dry completely, allowing germs to increase.
- If you have a window in the bathroom, use it. Sunlight helps dry the bristles of your toothbrush, but the rays also have some disinfecting qualities to help clean things.
- You may feel like your toothbrush needs some extra help. Hydrogen peroxide is a great solution. Use it by putting the toothbrush, bristles down, in a small glass with the hydrogen peroxide, overnight and let it do the work. The solution will kill many of the germs and bacteria that grow on the brush.
- Always remember to replace the toothbrush you are using. It is recommended to switch out a toothbrush every 3 to four months. Not just because of the wore-down bristles, but because bacteria has minimal time to grow on it. Even if it’s just the toothbrush head you are replacing, you still need to do it.
- If you want to get fancy, you can always have a night brush and a day toothbrush, so they can each dry and clean separately and you don’t wear them out as fast! If you need a new brush, it may be time for a cleaning, and we always give you a new one! You can even pick the color if you want ;)
- You can also purchase devices like Ultraviolet (UV) light sanitizers, to clean and sanitize your toothbrush/toothbrush head.