Are you interested in keeping your toothbrush clean and pristine? If so, our dentists, Drs. Condie and Tuft, have some tips for you. Now, little did you know, cleaning your toothbrush isn’t actually necessary. That’s right: Even though our mouths and bathrooms are covered with bacteria, it’s nothing to worry about, according to the American Dental Association. However, there are things you can do to keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, and our dentist is happy to give you those tips.
First, rinse your toothbrush with warm water after brushing. This can help clean the bristles from the food particles and toothpaste that might be trapped inside. After rinsing, store your toothbrush in an upright position to air dry. You don’t necessarily need to use a toothbrush cover, but if you would like to, just make sure the bristles are dry before you put the cover on the brush. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles are worn down.
If you still feel like you would like to clean your toothbrush, there is something you can do, even though it’s not necessary. You can soak your toothbrush head in a cup of antibacterial mouthwash for 15 minutes. This will kill the germs on the brush. Make sure not to soak the brush any longer than 15 minutes because it can ruin the toothbrush bristles. Do not use your dishwasher or microwave to clean your toothbrush.
To learn more about how to clean your toothbrush in Springville, Utah, please feel free to contact our dental team at Condie & Tuft Family Dentistry. All you need to do is dial 801-489-7364 and we will be thrilled to help you!