We all know that properly brushing our teeth is important for healthy teeth, but did you know that properly storing your toothbrush is just as important?
Ensuring the bristles of our toothbrush don’t quickly get frayed and keeping this important dental clean is important when looking for an appropriate means of storage.
How can you properly store your toothbrush for safety and longevity?
- Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with warm water after using. Doing so will eliminate germs, bacteria, and food particles from your brush’s bristles as well as remove toothpaste residue.
- Allow your brush to air dry. Particularly, keep the brush upright while letting it properly dry. Special toothbrush holders or even a small jar will do the trick. Good air circulation is also important for the drying process. Failure to do so could make you sick the next time you use your brush. You can either use this as a means of storage, or you can opt for this method before storing away in a draw or wherever else you store your toothbrush.
- When storing, ensure your toothbrush isn’t close-by to other people’s toothbrushes. Just like us, our toothbrushes like (and need) some personal space. Close brushes, especially touching toothbrush heads, is likely to make you sick through a transfer of bacteria from another. If your brush does touch someone else’s, throw both out and opt for replacements. Nobody wants to get sick; plus, toothbrushes are cheap to replace and should be replaced every few months or so anyways!
- Be smart with where you store your brush. Placing it in a toothbrush holder close to the sink or a toilet may cause the brush to get splashed with dirty water or accidentally touched with dirty hands. Also ensure that your brush isn’t near (or in the same cabinet or drawer) as household appliances, bug traps, and the like. These are other ways that you could become sick, or even very sick.
- Consider any younger children in your household. Mischievous youngsters capable of using your brush instead of theirs, touching dirty hands to your brush, or even dipping it in toilet water when you’re not looking could very well occur. Keep your brush out of reach if this is the case.
- Store your brush in a place distinguishable from another’s. Toothbrushes can sometimes look alike or even identical, especially if you purchased them in bulk. Plus, sometimes we’re tired in the morning and before bed and mindless grab our toothbrush and start brushing away. For this reason, it’s vital to place your brush where another’s isn’t close by and bound to bring confusion. If it’s placed in a drawer after a proper drying, be sure that if you do decide to share a drawer with another that there is some type of barrier such as separate storage caddies and that you carefully put this away so that it doesn’t bounce or end up in the neighboring caddie. Keep this in mind.