Dental

The Right Ways to Clean Your Toothbrush

There are millions of bacteria growing in your mouth. That’s why it’s not only important to keep your mouth clean, but your toothbrush as well!

The National Dental Association suggests that you replace your toothbrush every three months and clean it thoroughly once a week.┬áViruses and bacteria from an infected person’s mouth can live for weeks on their toothbrush.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash.
  • For everyday cleaning, you can store your toothbrush in a small cup of hydrogen peroxide. When you brush your teeth, change out the hydrogen peroxide.
  • Boil your toothbrush for about 3 minutes. Although it is hard on your toothbrush, boiling water will most germs.
  • A toothbrush can be put into the silverware compartment of the dishwasher to be sanitized. Run your toothbrush through on the hot cycle without soap.
  • Use a UV toothbrush sanitizer.

Don’t share your toothbrush! This transfers saliva and bacteria, even the kind that causes tooth decay.

There’s a ton of bacteria in your mouth so cleaning your toothbrush makes sense if you want to prevent illness. You should be cleaning your toothbrush every week and keep a supply of new toothbrushes on hand so you can readily replace the old one every three months. If you use an electric toothbrush, the heads are replaceable and can be cleaned and disinfected in the same way as a conventional toothbrush.

For any additional questions, ask your local dentist during your next routine cleaning. If you’re in need of a dentist, check out our sister company which is Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy Dentistry. Dr. Nick can be reached at 813.445.7162.