Keeping your toothbrush clean is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health. Bacteria and plaque love to hang out in moist environments like the inside of a toothbrush. Most people don’t realize that keeping a wet toothbrush stored beside your sink or on top of it is actually an invitation for harmful bacteria to grow and thrive. If you’re serious about protecting your oral health, keeping your toothbrush clean is non-negotiable. Cleaning your brush regularly and sterilizing it thoroughly will reduce plaque buildup, gingivitis, and other potential dangers that lurk where you can’t see them.
Change out your brush more often
If you’re not already doing it, change your toothbrush out every 3 months. You should be doing it anyway, but most people don’t realize that a toothbrush is just a breeding ground for bacteria if you don’t keep up with it. The softer bristles on your toothbrush begin to fray after 3 months of use, which is when they are less effective at removing plaque. If you are someone who is susceptible to gum disease or dental infections, you may want to change your toothbrush even more frequently. If you have had a lot of work done on your teeth in a short period of time, or if you are recovering from oral surgery, your dentist may also recommend that you change your Smart Toothbrush more often.
Store your toothbrush in a container of dry sterilizing powder
If you don’t want to replace your toothbrush every 3 months, you don’t have to. You can still protect your brush and keeps it clean with a little help from a simple container and dry sterilizing powder. For about $5, you can find Toothbrush sterilizer containers with lids that close and seal shut. Fill it with a dry sterilizing powder and store your toothbrush in there. If you are looking for a specific sterilizing powder, search for one that is EPA-Registered. There are also antibacterial toothbrush holders that use UV light to kill germs and bacteria.
Use a UVC toothbrush sanitizer
UVC toothbrush sanitizers are a great option for busy people who are always on the go. You can use them at home, at the office, or even when traveling. You simply place your toothbrush in the holder, press a button, and in just a few minutes your toothbrush is clean and ready to go. You can use these sanitizing devices with power toothbrushes, manual toothbrushes, and even kids’ toothbrushes. If you have young kids, teenagers, or people in the house who struggle with dental hygiene, a UV sanitizer is a great gift idea. UVC sanitizers help prevent gum disease and other oral infections caused by dirty toothbrushes.
Change out the water regularly
Another super easy way to sterilize your toothbrush is to change out the water in your cup or Mason jar every day. If you are like most people, you probably store your toothbrush beside your sink in a cup or jar. If you are storing your brush in a cup, change out the water daily. If you are using a mason jar, change the water out every other day.
Rapid Sterilization Using Dry Heat
If you don’t have time to wait for water to boil, you can use a quick dry heat sterilization method as well. To quickly steam-clean your Sonic Electric Toothbrush, wrap it in a paper towel and place it in a microwave for about 30 seconds. Let it cool, and then use it just like you would any other day.
Toothbrushes are breeding grounds for bacteria that can cause infections, tooth decay, and other oral health problems. To protect your oral health, you must keep your toothbrush clean.