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How To: Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

September 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — goodlettsville @ 5:41 pm
Closeup of patient rinsing their toothbrush with water

You wouldn’t use a dirty sponge to clean your dishes, right? For the same reason you shouldn’t use a dirty toothbrush to brush your teeth! Don’t worry – keeping your oral hygiene tools in tip-top shape doesn’t require anything too cumbersome. In fact, you probably already have everything you need at home. So, keep reading to learn how to keep your toothbrush clean.

1. Rinse Your Toothbrush Thoroughly with Hot Water

Many patients assume that they need a special cleanser to keep their toothbrush bacteria-free. However, the simple act of rinsing the bristles with hot water can go a long way! After you’re done, look for any remaining chunks of food or toothpaste. If needed, rinse thoroughly again.

2. Store Your Toothbrush Where It Can Air Dry

Anaerobic bacteria die in the presence of oxygen. Since this is the type of bacteria that lives on your toothbrush, it’s important not to put yours in a drawer or container after you’re done using it. Instead, allow it to air dry in an open container that isn’t too close to the toilet or someone else’s toothbrush.

3. Don’t Share Your Toothbrush

Speaking of someone else’s toothbrush… you should never use your child’s, partner’s, or friend’s oral hygiene tools. This can result in the transfer of harmful bacteria, especially if they were recently sick. In other words, it benefits your oral and overall health to only use your own!

Remember, You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush Every Quarter!

The American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both recommend replacing your toothbrush every three or four months, even if you are proactive about cleaning it on a daily basis. Over time, the bristles can become worn or otherwise damaged, resulting in your teeth and gums not being cleaned properly. So, set a reminder on your phone or put a Post-It Note on your bathroom mirror so you remember to replace it every quarter.

About the Doctor

Dr. Deidra Harrison-McClain knew she wanted to work in dentistry when she was still in elementary school! When she graduated cum laude from Tennessee State as well as Meharry Medical College in Nashville, she made that childhood dream a reality. Now, she has experience in everything from family medicine and oral surgery to anesthesia. If you have any questions about your oral care regimen – whether it’s about proper technique or the products you use – don’t hesitate to visit her website or call (615) 819-1644.

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