How should you store your toothbrush properly? Let’s talk about this topic today.
If you’re like most folks, you likely keep your toothbrush in a cup or holder near your bathroom sink. But is that the smartest spot for it?
Think about all the yucky germs in your bathroom and how they can get to your toothbrush easily. To prevent bacteria from getting on your toothbrush and to keep your mouth fresh and clean, follow these steps for proper storage.
1.Give your toothbrush a good rinse
After you finish brushing your teeth, you might be in a hurry to spit and get on with your day. However, don’t forget to take a moment to rinse your toothbrush thoroughly. This will wash away any leftover toothpaste and debris.
2.Keep it at a distance
When deciding where to store your toothbrush, try to keep it away from the toilet. It’s best to place it at least three feet away. Also, make sure it doesn’t touch other toothbrushes.
3.Keep your toothbrush in the open
Never store your toothbrush in a closed or airtight container. Bacteria love moisture and thrive in such places. Instead, put your toothbrush in a cup or holder in an upright position so it can dry properly. Don’t hide it in a drawer or cabinet.
4.Proper drying is key
After using your toothbrush, make sure it’s not dripping wet, and stand it upright to let the air circulate the bristles. Keep it in a place with good airflow, away from moisture sources. Don’t let toothbrushes touch each other while they dry to prevent any sharing of germs.
5.Separate storage for each toothbrush
To avoid any germ swapping, store each toothbrush separately. You can use holders or stands with individual slots to keep them apart and easy to identify. Avoid tossing toothbrushes together in a cup or container without dividers.
6.Regularly clean your toothbrush and holder
Don’t forget to clean your toothbrush and its holder regularly. This cleaning routine will get rid of dust, germs, and dried toothpaste. Depending on the holder, you can either put it in the dishwasher, wipe it down with sanitizing wipes, or use soap and water.
Remember, keeping your toothbrush clean is important for your oral hygiene. The best way to store your toothbrush is in a clean holder that allows for proper airflow to dry it while protecting it from bathroom germs.
By maintaining your toothbrush, storing it hygienically, and cleaning its holder, you’ll prevent bacteria buildup and keep the bristles in good condition.
7.Replace it when needed
If you think your toothbrush has been contaminated or if it’s been three months since you got a new one, it’s time to switch to a fresh toothbrush. If you see bristles starting to fray or other damage before three months, replace it sooner.
A healthy mouth needs a clean and hygienic toothbrush. By making sure you store it correctly, you can ensure your teeth get cleaned effectively. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about your toothbrush.
How to store your toothbrush while traveling?
Before heading out on a trip, get a travel toothbrush cap or a portable holder to protect your toothbrush head from other things in your travel bag.
However, don’t leave your toothbrush stored like this for too long. Bacteria can build up even if it’s not used often. Remember, whether it’s a travel toothbrush or not, it should be replaced every three months.
Where to Keep Your Toothbrush Holder?
Keep your toothbrush holder away from the toilet and sink. Did you know that when you flush the toilet, it can send germs into the air? Closing the toilet lid can help, but placing toothbrushes far from the toilet can reduce the chance of bacteria landing on them.
Also, keep toothbrushes away from the sink to maintain their cleanliness. When you use the sink, water, soap, and bacteria can splash onto your toothbrushes. Find a spot away from the toilet and as far as possible from splashing water.
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- The American Dental Association (ADA) provides comprehensive guidelines on toothbrush use and care. Click here.
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