What happens when you do not store your toothbrush the right way?
A toothbrush is meant to clean your mouth. But what happens when it’s stored improperly? Unfortunately, it can build mold and bacteria. It is impossible to have a clean mouth when the tool you are using to clean it is covered in bacteria.
Using these methods to store your toothbrush can help you feel confident that your toothbrush is doing its job. Allowing your toothbrush time to dry upright and replacing it every 3-4 months is crucial to keeping proper oral hygiene.
How can you properly store your toothbrush?
Read and follow these 5 steps when storing your toothbrush.
- Store your brush 2-3 feet away from the toilet. Some people keep their toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. Studies have shown that small particles can become airborne near the toilet during and after use. But you do not have to keep your toothbrush locked away to keep it safe. A few feet away is just fine.
- Let it dry in an open space. It is important that your toothbrush has enough airflow to become dry. Keep your toothbrush in an open area to kill the type of bacteria that causes gum disease.
- Store your toothbrush upright in a toothbrush holder. Allowing your toothbrush to dry standing up is effective because it forces the leftover water to run down. Put your toothbrush in a holder that offers enough space in between another toothbrush. You do not want your toothbrush touching another one.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. This is a recommendation from the American Dental Association. We can’t take credit for this step!
- Disinfect your toothbrush with a mouthwash that contains alcohol. If you think your toothbrush is looking a little rough and it has not quite been three months yet, disinfect it. If you have been sick or had a cold sore and you do not have a replacement brush, disinfect. You can use a toothbrush sanitizer or a mouthwash that contains alcohol. Let it soak for about 10 minutes.
Do not let bacteria grow on your toothbrush!
Keeping your toothbrush in tiptop shape is crucial to proper oral care. No one wants to brush their teeth with a toothbrush full of bacteria and germs! Doesn’t that make it meaningless? Remember that just because you cannot see bacteria, it does not mean that it is not there. Use proper storing conditions like letting it air dry in an open area and you should be fine. Do not forget to replace it when the bristles start to look bent or frayed.