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One thing you probably don't think about is how to care for your toothbrush. Here are some things you should consider to make sure it stays sanitary and in good shape.
Store The Toothbrush In An Open Container
You may think that a travel storage case is the ideal place for a toothbrush to stay clean, it's not a good idea to a store a toothbrush there every day. Putting the toothbrush inside an enclosed case can make it more likely to form bacteria on the bristles. Bacteria will thrive in places that are warm, moist, and dark, which is the exact environment a closed container provides. It is best to place the toothbrush in a holder that exposes the bristles to air on your bathroom countertop. Avoid placing this container in the sink's vanity or a medicine cabinet, since these areas do not expose the toothbrush to light.
Clean The Toothbrush Holder
You may be taking all the right steps in keeping your toothbrush clean, but keep in mind that the cup holding your toothbrush can get really dirty. All that water that eventually drips off the bristles will collect inside the cup holding the toothbrush. It not only creates a bad odor, but you can spread those germs elsewhere after you start touching the brush.
The best way to clean the toothbrush holder is to use a water and bleach cleaning solution. All you need to do is use it to scrub the inside surface of the cup, then let it completely dry before you put your toothbrush in it again. You can also put the cup in your dishwasher and clean it with the rest of your dirty dishes.
Replace The Toothbrush Frequently
Many people make the mistake of assuming that a toothbrush should be replaced every six months. This is usually because it aligns with when they go to the dentist and when they receive a new toothbrush after their exam and cleaning. However, it is actually recommended that you replace the toothbrush every 3 months, which is much more frequently than what you may be doing.
Toothbrushes eventually get to a point where they are difficult to keep clean and have bristles that fray and become ineffective. Thankfully, toothbrushes are cheap to replace often where it won't be a strain on your budget.
While it's a little bit of work to care for a toothbrush, it will help ensure you are keeping your mouth clean with effective brushing. For more information, contact a company like Airport Road Dental Associates.