Author: Smile Charlotte Team
The dreaded cold and flu season is upon us, and before you know it your toothbrush can become “ew”. One of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected after an illness, is replacing your toothbrush!
To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:
- Avoid toothbrush holders that may allow family toothbrushes to touch
- Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
- Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
- Replace your Sonicare brushes every 6 months
Maintaining Your Toothbrush
Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Following these tips can get you on your way to having a clean, sanitary toothbrush.
No matter which type of toothbrush you use, keep it clean. The American Dental Association recommends rinsing the toothbrush under tap water after you brush to wash away lingering toothpaste and saliva. Then, store the toothbrush in a vertical position, with the bristles positioned so they can air dry.
Storing a toothbrush in a closed container can cause bacteria to build up, so it’s best to let the bristles of the toothbrush fully dry between each usage. If you’re traveling, consider using disposable toothbrushes during the trip.
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