Toothbrush forms a very big part of our everyday hygiene routine. Our Toothbrushes help us to keep our teeth sparkling, ward off plaque and bacteria, and leave our mouths feeling squeaky clean! But how much squeaky clean is your TOOTHBRUSH?
According to the Disease Control Centre, visibly rinse clean toothbrushes can remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms.
Hence, in this blog post, we are going to share with you key basic tips to keep your toothbrush clean and germ free.
Keep it Separate & Straight
When you’re done brushing, don’t just pop your wet toothbrush back into your medicine cabinet, drawer, or bathroom cup. The best option is to try to keep your toothbrushes standing up straight so as to prevent cross-contamination. If it sits up properly, allow it to air-dry until your next brushing. Be sure to keep your brush at a 45 degree angle and focus on brushing each tooth independently. This may sound little tedious, but it is definitely worth it in the long run.
After you finish brushing your teeth make sure you thoroughly rinse remains of toothpaste or leftover debris off the toothbrush with a stream fresh of water. A lot of people after they brush their teeth use the thumb to scrub the head of the toothbrush. Well, this is not a good practice to follow, instead just run it under some fresh water to clean it and use a toothbrush protector, and just ensure it is dry before putting the toothbrush in it.
Toss your Toothbrush
Ensure you are replacing your toothbrush every three to four months and if it is electric brush then replace the head after every three to four months. Also be conscious of where you are storing your brush. If you are keeping it contained in a dark enclosed case for a long time or near the flush, this will cause unhealthy bacteria to grow on your tooth brush.
And the most important point is Do Not share your toothbrush with anyone that might expose you to another person’s body fluids and potential germs, which could make you sick.
Therefore, practicing such proper brushing hygiene and techniques will go a long way to protecting your teeth, however, it is equally important to visit your dentist twice a year for professional dental checkups.