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Your toothbrush is your most important dental tool. If you care for it the right way, it will provide proper care in return. The good news is it doesn’t require any special treatment. But, there are safe ways to clean and store it.
Here are some toothbrush care tips.
After brushing your teeth, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water. Be sure there’s no toothpaste or food debris left behind.
Let remaining water drain after every use by storing your brush upright.
Avoid placing your toothbrush inside a drawer, cabinet, or any closed container. A wet toothbrush can attract and hold bacteria. When you travel keep your toothbrush in its own case to prevent it from getting contaminated. But take it out to air dry once you’ve reached your destination.
Make sure toothbrushes don’t touch to avoid transfer of bacteria.
Sharing is caring, but never with a toothbrush. Don’t borrow someone else’s brush as this can compromise both your oral health and overall health. Sharing toothbrushes increases the risk for bacterial infections.
Store your it away from cleaning materials. Some cleaning agents may be toxic and you don’t want them to come in contact with your brush.
Prevent your toothbrush from getting knocked into the toilet or sink. Keep it away from these areas. Germs can travel through the air. Even if your toothbrush is not located right beside your toilet or sink, there are still chances of spreading infection.
A toothbrush in new condition will always do a better job than one that’s rough and frayed. Replace it after three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Buy a toothbrush for everyone at home at the same time so you can replace them at once.
It’s not necessary to switch to a new brush after getting colds as our immune system will be working to keep our body protected. However, it may be beneficial to replace brushes more often if it is your immune system that’s compromised.
At home, you may want to invest in a toothbrush holder with several compartments. When you’re on the go, cover your brush or store it in a plastic case. Even better if you’ll find a case that is not airtight and allows circulation.
These care tips will keep your toothbrush in great condition. If you need suggestions when choosing a toothpaste for your family, check out this post.
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