Do you know how to care for your toothbrush? You rinse it thoroughly after brushing and place it back in the holder near your sink. That’s it, right?
We hate to break the news, but there’s no other way to say it – your toothbrush is, well, gross. It only takes a couple of days for your “pristine” toothbrush to become infected with disease-causing bacteria, fungi, the virus responsible for hepatitis and, we’re sorry to inform you, fecal particulates.
What can you do? Bonita Springs dentist, Dr. Michael Gostigian, DMD would like to share some tips for caring for your toothbrush.
Before we start, the first thing to do is to run to your bathroom and pitch your bacteria-laden toothbrush. Then go out and buy yourself a new one and follow these steps to make sure it doesn’t get contaminated in two days’ time:
Tips on Caring for Your Toothbrush from Dr. Michael Gostigian, DMD
Close the Lid!
Most of us brush in the bathroom as part of our daily hygiene routine. Just remember that your toilet probably sits in close proximity to your brush, so close the lid when you flush. This will minimize the dispersal of contaminated water droplets.
Store Your Brush Upright and Alone
Why not just store your brush in your medicine cabinet? Because air cannot circulate, which can promote bacterial growth. Store your toothbrush in an upright position and avoid putting more than one toothbrush in a cup to avoid cross contamination.
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
It’s a good idea to purchase several new toothbrushes for your family at the same time. Then make a note to replace them all every three months. It’s also a good idea to replace your brush after you’ve been suffering with a cold or the flu.
Don't Share Your Brush
Why would you? Even in an emergency, it’s better to rub a little toothpaste on your teeth with your finger. It’s not great oral hygiene, but it’s better than putting someone else’s bacteria-filled toothbrush in your mouth.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Dentist in Bonita Springs
Our Bonita Springs, FL dentist is here to provide you with the practical information you need to enjoy a healthy smile. Please contact Bonita Grande Dental at (239) 301-2713 for more helpful tips! We're excited to get to chat with you.