How Important is it to Clean Your Toothbrush?

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You know it’s important to brush your teeth if you’re hoping to stay healthy, but did you know that your toothbrush could be harboring a number of germs? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your mouth and toothbrush healthy and strong.

The first thing you should consider is placing your toothbrush in a dry, open area. Furthermore, please make sure the brush’s bristles aren’t touching anything and that your brush is standing straight up. Doing these things will keep germs and bacteria off your brush, since bacteria tends to grow in moist, damp places.

Similarly, as you’ve probably guessed, you’ll need to rinse your toothbrush after each use. Simply run it under water to remove excess toothpaste, food particles, and other bacteria from your brush’s bristles. Doing so will also help extend the life of your toothbrush.

You should also remember to not share your toothbrush. Similarly, please don’t loan your toothbrush to anyone else. You see, after you brush your teeth, your toothbrush could be exposed to a number of issues, such as blood borne pathogens, different viruses, and a variety of bacteria. In other words, by sharing your toothbrush, you could be exposing yourself or someone else to a variety of issues.

Finally, even if you do all of these things, you should still replace your brush every four months. Also, please note that if your toothbrush begins to show signs of wear, or if the bristles break off, you should replace it immediately. Unfortunately, if your bristles start to break off, your brush will carry even more bacteria and won’t clean as well.

If you have any questions or concerns about how you should clean your toothbrush, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 801-465-4474. Dr. Kevin J. Reece and our team will be happy to help you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you.