Toothbrush care tips… Brushing our teeth on a daily basis is one of the practices necessary to have good oral health but are you aware of how to take care of your toothbrush? Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day… sometimes three times a day. As children, we are taught the daily routine of brushing your teeth and flossing and how to take care of our teeth. What kind of toothbrush to use (there are so many out there anyway.. here’s a good article on the reasons to get an ionic toothbrush)
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My children are also learning this at school which was my inspiration for this post. They’ve been taught the correct way to brush their teeth and to floss but were given no information on how to care of your toothbrush, when to replace it or anything like that.
7 Toothbrush Care Tips
- Rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing.This will help remove any leftover toothpaste or debris on the toothbrush. Some say that you can also keep your toothbrush clean by soaking it in alcohol or mouthwash or dip it in boiling water for about 10 seconds.
- Allow the toothbrush to dry. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated so you can prevent any cross-contamination.
- Never cover the toothbrush – this can cause even more germs to build up if the toothbrush is not thoroughly dried.
- Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months. I usually go with every month just because that’s how I am.
- If you have just recovered from a cold or any other virus, replace your toothbrush immediately so that those germs stay at bay.
- Don’t share your toothbrush.. this should be obvious right?
- Keep it away from the toilet.. when you flush it can cause germs to go into the air which can then land on toothbrush and that’s not something you want.
Helpful Tip: When you replace your toothbrush you don’t have to throw it away… they made wonderful cleaning brushes for smaller items or hard to reach areas. You can even use them to exfoliate your skin!