Most people store their toothbrush in a glass on the bathroom counter. However, just as you would not prepare your food in the bathroom, or leave your eating utensils on the bathroom counter, there are many reasons not to leave your toothbrush exposed. We suggest storing your toothbrush differently to prevent harmful bacteria from forming.
Your toothbrush is the tool you rely on to keep your teeth as clean as possible. But how clean is your toothbrush?
If multiple family members use the room used to store your toothbrush, which sits in a glass near the sink, it can be exposed to the daily, bacteria-inducing actions such as hand washing, toilet flushing, coughing, sneezing and nose blowing.
Particles fly through the air from family members or maybe even strangers. So what is the best way to keep your toothbrush free from harmful bacteria? Should it be kept in an air tight case? No, a wet tooth brush will not benefit from that. Instead, it needs to dry out following use.
One option is to utilize a storage case that contains small holes that allow the air to circulate. Another is to store your toothbrush in a medicine cabinet, or perhaps in a different room.
In addition to how you store your toothbrush every day, you should be aware that your toothbrush should be replaced every three months. Bristles wear away preventing them from doing the best job keeping your teeth and mouth clean.
So let’s say you’ve discussed this predicament with your dentist, and now know the best way to store your toothbrush for optimum results, and you understand the importance of replacing your toothbrush every three months. But what about when you reign victorious over that recent cold or flu outbreak? To be safest, you should probably buy a new toothbrush, or boil your toothbrush to destroy germs.
Now that you have learned about your toothbrush, what is the best way to keep teeth as healthy as possible? Brush at least twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily and maintain six month visits to the dentist for a plaque-removing cleaning, teeth polishing and dental exam to keep your teeth and mouth as free from harmful bacteria as possible.
Don’t remember when your last “six month” dental checkup was? Call us at Ora Dental Studio to make your appointment sooner than later!