Protecting Your Toothbrush From Bacteria On The Go

Protecting Your Toothbrush From Bacteria On The Go

There is a lot to be done in order to protect your toothbrush from growing bacteria both at home or on the go. The following will help ensure that what you’re using to clean those pearly whites stays clean.

Sharing Isn’t Always Caring

Some couples may think it’s a sign of how close they are when they start sharing a toothbrush. In reality, what they’re really sharing is each other’s microorganisms. By using the same toothbrush, you’re exchanging bodily fluids that could lead to an increased risk of infections. If you really care about that significant other, use your own toothbrush.

Keep it Clean

Before using your toothbrush, rinse it thoroughly with tap water to get rid of any debris. If you’re sick or have an autoimmune disease, it’s a good idea to soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash such as Listerine prior to use. After brushing your teeth make sure to again rinse your toothbrush well by using hot tap water to eliminate excess toothpaste and debris.

Deep Clean

The best way to prevent bacteria from getting on your toothbrush is to use a UV toothbrush sanitizer. These sanitizers use UV light to kill 99.9% of the bacteria and germs that can accumulate on your toothbrush.

Store it Properly

After you’ve cleaned your teeth and rinsed your toothbrush you may be tempted to cover it with a plastic lid and throw it in a drawer. Instead, store your toothbrush upright using some kind of container and let it air dry. By covering your toothbrush with a cap you are preventing your toothbrush from drying quickly and completely which may lead to mildew growth.

  • On the Go- If you’re traveling and therefore away from your toothbrush container, instead brush your teeth like normal, and then set your toothbrush on a clean towel to allow it to dry before throwing it back in your Ziploc or other plastic container.

Replace 3-4 Times a Year

When it comes to your toothbrush, don’t make any sentimental attachments. You should be replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months or whenever you start to notice signs of wear. When the bristles on your toothbrush fray or start to thin, they are not cleaning your teeth and gums adequately. Even though the toothbrush heads that come with electrical toothbrushes are pricier, they still need to get replaced every 3-4 months.

When you follow these tips, you can rest assured knowing that your toothbrush is as clean as possible before each use.

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