How To Properly Store Your Toothbrush

Taking the right measures for proper toothbrush storage isn’t difficult. But did you know that many of us are doing it wrong on a daily basis? Storing your brush in a sealed container, forgetting to rinse it off or resting it on the bathroom sink are just a few ways you’re setting up the perfect environment for germs and bacteria on your brush’s bristles.

When you take the time to care for your toothbrush, you can help maximize its lifespan and ensure you get an optimal clean every time you brush. These easy toothbrush storage tips can help.

Keep it clean. Sanitary toothbrush storage is important for obvious reasons. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water after every use. Make sure you remove all toothpaste and debris from the head of the brush before storing it. Shake the brush and wipe the handle to help remove excess water.

Let it breathe. Store your toothbrush upright in a cup or toothbrush holder so that it can air dry. That’s because a moist environment is more conducive to the growth of bacteria than the open air. When traveling, don’t store the brush too tightly in a case or bag. Allow it to dry in the open as much as possible before putting it back in a closed case or container — to avoid bacteria growth.

Beware of germs and harmful ingredients. When storing your toothbrush, don’t allow it to touch another toothbrush. This can cause cross-contamination. Similarly, never share toothbrushes as germs from someone else’s mouth, even a family member, can be harmful to your health and increase your risk for illness and infection. You also will want to keep your brush away from the sink, cleaning products and the toilet. Airborne germs and harmful ingredients can make their way to your brush’s bristles — and eventually your mouth — if too close.

Get a new one. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but your toothbrush is not. Over time your toothbrush will become less effective in removing plaque from your teeth and gums as bristles wear out and germs collect. Replace your toothbrush at least every four months or sooner if the bristles begin to fray. Toss your toothbrush in the trash following an illness, and get a new one to avoid re-contamination.

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The health of your teeth and gums depends a lot on the condition of your toothbrush. By following these simple toothbrush care tips, you will keep your mouth healthier and reduce the potential for developing oral infections in the future. From electronic toothbrush storage questions to concerns about your oral health, Natomas Crossing Dental Care is here to help. Contact our office today for more information.