Caring for your teeth includes caring for your toothbrush. If you don’t have a clean toothbrush, then you are a risk of spreading bacteria and are not on a path to clean teeth. Here are some simple tips to help you with toothbrush care:
Toothbrush Care Tips
- Replace your toothbrush every three months — replace sooner if you are an aggressive brusher and the bristles become frayed.
- Do not share your toothbrush. Sharing puts you at risk of infection. This is particularly important for people with a compromised immune system.
- Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with tap water after brushing to remove remaining toothpaste and debris.
- Store your toothbrush upright to allow the bristles to dry.
- Make sure that your toothbrush does not touch another toothbrush if you share a toothbrush holder — this can cause cross contamination.
- Do not cover your toothbrush. A moist, dark environment is an ideal place for bacteria to grow.
- If you have been ill, change your toothbrush so you reduce the chances of reinfection.
Can I get sick from my own toothbrush?
The flu virus, staph bacteria , E.coli, yeast fungus, and the strep virus can remain on your toothbrush up to three days after use. Although it is unlikely that you will become sick from using your toothbrush, it is recommended that you replace your toothbrush as soon as you feel well.
Should I sanitize my toothbrush?
It’s not necessary to sanitize your toothbrush if you are replacing your toothbrush as recommended.
If you do want to sanitize your toothbrush, the best way is to soak the toothbrush head for 15 minutes in mouthwash. Soaking longer than 15 minutes may damage the toothbrush. Do not reuse the mouthwash.
For more helpful tips, and to book a dental appointment, contact the office of Dr. Simon Pong and schedule a dental examination appointment today. We’ll help you stay healthy.