Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean
Toothbrushes help to keep your teeth clean and healthy so it’s important to keep them clean and sanitary as well! Here are some ways to keep them clean free of germs and bacteria.
Store Your Toothbrush Upright
After you’re done brushing your teeth make sure to stand it straight up. This will allow any excess water to drain and prevent bacteria from growing.
Don’t Store it in a Closed Container
If you need to use a protector when traveling, make sure that your toothbrush is completely dry. Also make sure to wash the case with soap and warm water and allow it to air dry as well.
Where Store your Toothbrush
As gross as it sounds, every time you flush the toilet tiny water particles containing bacteria and fecal matter are spread into the air. Although there is not enough evidence to see if this can cause illness, it is best to take caution.
Don’t Share Toothbrushes
If you share a toothbrush with someone, you are also sharing germs and bacteria with each other.
Wash Your Toothbrush After Every Use
Use hot water to rinse off any excess toothpaste or food that may be stuck between the bristles. Shake off as much water as you can after you are done.
Replace Your Toothbrush
When you use your toothbrush twice a day the bristles will get frayed which will decrease the effeteness. Make sure to replace them every 3-4 months depending on the about of wear and tear.
Replace Your Toothbrush After You Become Sick
Get a new one after your recover from being ill. There may be germs and bacteria in the toothbrush that can get you sick all over again.
The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz,is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at DrBadwalz.com or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish your treatment.