Your toothbrush has a tough job to do. It is your primary tool for keeping your teeth clean and your mouth healthy. Because of that, you need to make sure that you clean it well after every use. Fortunately, this is not a difficult thing to do.
After you are done brushing, simply rinse the head of your toothbrush under the tap until it is free of food debris and bacteria. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to boil it, microwave it, or run it through the dishwasher in order to sterilize it. As a matter of fact, doing these things to your toothbrush will only damage the bristles. If you decide to soak your toothbrush in a mouthwash or an antiseptic solution, you should only do so for around 15 minutes, since this can also damage the bristles. When your toothbrush is clean, store it upright where the air can get to it. If you cover your toothbrush or put in in a drawer, bacteria and even mold can grow on the bristles.
It’s important that all of the toothbrushes in your household are stored separately from one another. If they are stored together, they can be cross-contaminated by the bacteria from other people’s mouths.
Brushing your teeth is incredibly important, however, even the best dental hygiene routine is no replacement for a cleaning and exam from your dentist. If you have questions about your toothbrush, or if it is just time for your appointment or dentist, Dr. Saad would love to see you! If you live in the Rhome, Texas, area and would like to make an appointment at Rhome Family Dentistry, give us a call today at 817-636-0608.