When it comes to oral care, toothbrushes are people’s most reliable companion as they help clean the teeth and protect them against cavities and infections.
However, your oral care companions can only do these if they are kept in good condition. Otherwise, they can be tarnished with oral microbial organisms that can infect the mouth and cause disease.
So, how can you ensure your favorite oral care device is clean? Here are five useful tips you can follow today.
Tip #1: Do Not Share
Sharing is caring, but not when it comes to your toothbrush. Sharing it is not generosity but a dangerous move that can cause you and the other person detrimental consequences.
When you share your toothbrush, you increase risk of infections which can significantly compromise your oral health. A bit of selfishness when it comes to your oral care devices will be more appreciated by your oral cavity.
Tip #2: Wash It After Use
Make sure you rid your toothbrush of any debris and toothpaste every after use to avoid bacteria from lingering on your toothbrush. Using running water, rinse it thoroughly until no trace of leftover food or toothpaste is found.
Tip #3: Allow It To Dry
After washing, put your toothbrush in an upright position. By doing so, you allow it to air-dry. Too much moisture can contribute to the growth of microorganisms.
Tip #4: Do Not Store It In Closed Containers
Avoid storing your toothbrush, especially when wet, in sealed containers. As mentioned in number three, letting it properly dry can reduce the growth of microorganisms. You can still cover it, but make sure to use a cover that can allow air to circulate to prevent the formation of mold.
Tip #5: Store Toothbrushes Separately
When storing your brush, remember to give adequate space between other family members’ brushes to prevent the bristles from touching each other. Otherwise, this can lead to cross-contamination. Allotting separate holders is recommended.
Tip #6: Replace It
Toothbrushes must be replaced after every three to four months. You should also get yourself a new brush if you notice that the bristles are starting to wear away. Frayed bristles are not as effective in cleaning you pearly whites.