You can't count on your toothbrush to keep your teeth clean if it isn't clean itself. Luckily, following these tips will help you store and keep your toothbrush nice and clean.
Replace it Regularly
No matter how hard you might try to keep your toothbrush clean, replacing it regularly is still important. It is generally recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months. However, you may need to replace it more frequently if you get sick or if the bristles on your toothbrush are showing signs of wear and tear.
Store it in the Open at Home
When storing your toothbrush at home, make sure that you store it out in the open rather than in a closed container. This makes it easier for your toothbrush to dry, which can help cut down on the growth of bacteria. Storing it upright, such as in a cup, can be better than storing it on a counter, since this makes it easier for the water to drip off so that the toothbrush can dry more quickly and thoroughly. Make sure that you wash out the cup regularly to get rid of any moisture and any bacteria that might be growing.
Cover it When Traveling
Even though it's generally suggested for you to store your toothbrush in the open when you're at home, you will want to keep it in a travel case when you are traveling. This is because your toothbrush can be more prone to getting dirty when it's in a cosmetics bag or suitcase. When you're at the hotel or wherever else you are staying, however, leave the toothbrush out in the open to dry if you can, and make sure that you clean out your travel case thoroughly.
Rinse it After Use
After you use your toothbrush, make sure that you rinse it thoroughly under running water each time to get rid of any toothpaste, food particles or other debris that might have gotten on it while you were using it. Occasionally, you can rinse your toothbrush with a little bit of mouthwash to help kill any bacteria and to make your toothbrush nice and fresh.
As you can see, keeping your toothbrush nice and clean is easy. If you'd like to make sure that your toothbrush is clean and in good condition, follow these tips. If you have any questions, you can always ask your dentist about proper toothbrush care, too.
For more information, contact a dentist such as David Jackson, DDS.