Your toothbrush the most important tool you have for keeping your teeth clean and preventing dental damage. But for it to work well, you need to make sure that it stays clean. Your toothbrush removes the food and bacteria from your teeth and mouth, and if the bristles aren’t clean, they can provide a breeding ground for more bacteria. If you don’t clean your toothbrush, it won’t do you much good.
Fortunately, cleaning your toothbrush is not a difficult proposition. All you need to do is to rinse your toothbrush under the tap until the bristles are free of food debris and leftover toothpaste. Then store it upright where the air can thoroughly dry it. Store it away from the other toothbrushes in your home to prevent the cross-contamination of oral bacteria between people, and keep the toilet lid down to prevent airborne contamination.
You do not need to take any further steps to clean your toothbrush. If you boil it, run it through the dishwasher, or microwave it, you only run the risk of damaging the bristles. Some people like to soak their toothbrushes in mouthwash. If you decide to do that, soak it for no longer than fifteen minutes. Ultraviolet sanitizers have become very popular, and if you decide to use one for your toothbrush, make sure that it carries the Underwriter’s Laboratory sticker, and that you only keep your toothbrush under the sanitizer for the recommended amount of time.
If you would like to know more about taking care about taking care of your toothbrush, or have any other questions about oral hygiene in San Antonio, Texas, our dentist, Dr. Catherine Boenitz will be happy to talk with you. To make an appointment at Bee Family Dentistry, call 210-690-9430 today.