Wondering if it’s time to clean your toothbrush? It probably is as it is widely accepted that many infectious bacteria can call a toothbrush home. And if you care about your oral health care then taking the time to learn everything you can will ensure more pleasurable (and less invasive) dental visits in the future.
Brushing your teeth is an important part of oral healthcare (along with flossing and regular visits to a preferred dental practice near you of course). That’s why it is so important to make sure that your toothbrush is in good condition and can perform as it is intended to keep your teeth, and those of your family, clean and healthy.
While the best course of action is to replace your toothbrush every 3 months approximately (and immediately if you’ve recently had a cold, flu or other forms of contagious illness), cleaning should take place regularly in order to keep you healthy. So what’s the best way to clean for optimal oral health?
Simple Ways to Clean Your Toothbrush
Bacteria won’t be washed away with a quick rinse of your toothbrush under the faucet water; you’re going to need to deep clean your toothbrush much more aggressively and more often. Fortunately, it does not require much effort. Some of the most simple and effective ways to sanitize your toothbrush include:
- Pour boiling water over the toothbrush bristles for several minutes
- Soak the bristles in mouthwash to sanitize the toothbrush
- Soak the toothbrush within a hydrogen peroxide solution
- Brush your teeth with baking soda to prevent bacteria growth
How to Care For Your Toothbrush
Not only is it important to clean your toothbrush, but also to care for it when it’s not in use. Some basic tips to remember include:
- Never share a toothbrush – especially with people who have recently been sick.
- Always thoroughly rinse the toothbrush after use to remove toothpaste.
- Keep toothbrushes stored in an upright position so they can air dry.
Should You Clean Your Toothbrush?
The research is clear – cleaning your toothbrush does reduce bacteria. While an important step in good oral health care, don’t rule out the role of regular visits to a dentist either as they are the most qualified to evaluate the health of your teeth.