A toothbrush is the first and best way to defend your teeth against decay and gingivitis, so it definitely makes sense to make sure that your toothbrushes are stored and maintained correctly. Storing your family’s toothbrushes isn’t hard or complex, but you should know how to keep extra germs and contaminants away from your toothbrushes and ultimately, your mouth.
- Air it out: If you are like most families, you will use a simple toothbrush holder, which is a good option, since it will keep your brushes in the open air, where they can dry. Putting your toothbrush in a closed container does not allow it to dry properly. It is important to make sure that your toothbrush isn’t kept in a damp area since bacteria and microbes grow quicker in these types of environments.
- Placement matters: If you do anything right, it would be to keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. According to families.com, toilets have been known to create a mist, or aerosol, of germs that are sprayed and distributed all over the bathroom. You definitely do not know what these germs to attached to something you put in your mouth. It is also a good idea to store your brushes away from the sink, where they could be splashed with soap or dirty water. The best place is on your bathroom counter, in the far corner – as far away from the toilet and sink as you can get.
- Different toothbrushes: You should not share your toothbrush. An easy way to make sure you don’t use someone else’s toothbrush is the get each family member a different color or style of toothbrush. It’s one thing to share food or drink, but you should not be sharing microorganisms. You should also make sure that the toothbrushes aren’t touching.
- Clean toothbrush holder: Toothbrush storage containers can become dirty and messy very quickly, so it is important to clean them frequently to prevent a build-up of dust, germs, and bacteria that can contaminate your family’s toothbrushes. Depending on the container, cleaning them can be as simple as wiping them down with an antibacterial cleaner, or washing the container in the dishwasher
After a few months, bacteria build up and the bristles on your brush become worn. With disposable toothbrushes, you should throw your old one away and buy a new one. For electrical toothbrushes, you should replace the head at least every 3 months. At Foothill Dental Care, we promote strive to promote an understanding of oral health. We believe that you should always seek advice from a qualified healthcare provider, including our Livermore dentists. Give us a call today at (925) 961-5484 to schedule an appointment.