Everyone deserves to have fresh breath and bright, white teeth. But what can you do to avoid coffee or tea stains and discoloration? How can you maintain that shiny, new toothbrush for as long as possible? These are all questions we answer in this informative blog post about how to take care of your toothbrush.
This post will give tips on cleaning your brush and keeping it healthy. Learn about the bacteria it harbors and how you can rid your tool of it. And keep reading to find out how to care for your toothbrush after use.
1. Clean your Toothbrush After Every Use
You never want to leave a dirty toothbrush in an open cup or on the bathroom counter. It leads to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Keep your brush clean by placing it in a cup, then covering the cup with a plastic lid that has holes in it. This will allow air to get to the brush and dry it out. If you do not use a cup, leave your toothbrush flat on its bristles, with the bristles facing up.
2. Run Your Toothbrush under Warm Water
If you want to clean your toothbrush more thoroughly, you can take it into the bathroom after brushing and run it under warm water for about 2 minutes. Do not let the water go down the drain; pour it into a small bowl or cup. Be sure to use warm water, as hot water is too harsh and can wear down the bristles. Using a toothbrush cover will also aid in this process.
3. Use a Non-Toxic Toothbrush Cleaner
These toothbrush cleaners are specially formulated to eliminate bacteria on your toothbrush. They do an excellent job cleaning your toothbrush, but they will not hurt the bristles. They are safe to use as often as you like.
4. Consider using an Antibacterial Toothbrush Cover
These toothbrush covers work to keep germs off your toothbrush. They are especially useful for those who travel a lot and have to leave their toothbrush out of its cup or on the counter for a few days. They allow fresh air to get to the brush, which is the best way to dry it out. If you want, you can dip the cover in alcohol or a non-toxic cleaner, but this is not necessary because daily use will keep it clean enough.
5. Drying out your Toothbrush is Essential
The only way to get a clean toothbrush is to ensure it is completely dry. If it is, bacteria will not be able to thrive, and you will have fresh, healthy gums and teeth. Because a pro-biotic toothpaste may harbor bacteria, the best way to ensure your toothbrush remains pristine is by brushing with plain water for two weeks after switching toothpaste so that any lingering microbes on the brush can die off.
6. Replacing Your Toothbrush as Needed
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends changing your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. If you have a more expensive model, you may want to replace it after two months to ensure it does not harbor bacteria for too long.
7. Rinse Your Toothbrush After Each Use
A common mistake is not rinsing your toothbrush after use. This will only lead to a nasty mouth and tooth, which can take time to repair. After each use, put the brush under a running faucet for a minute or two, ensuring all the soap has come off in the water. If you must rinse with mouth wash, be sure to do this at night because it can harbor germs that are hard to remove while you sleep.
8. Store Your Toothbrush Properly
Once your toothbrush has been rinsed, it is time to take care of it until you need it again. Please do not leave it out on the counter, as this will lead to bacteria growing on the bristles and in the brush, which could eventually make their way back into your mouth. Instead, store your toothbrush upright in a dry area with plenty of air movement and daylight exposure. This will kill any lingering germs and keep them from growing into larger issues.