In the never-ending fight against cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues, a toothbrush will be your best friend. However, to make sure your toothbrush can do its job as effectively as possible, it will need some TLC now and then. Whether you have a manual or electric toothbrush, here are some tips to keep your toothbrush in great shape.
Rinse Immediately After Using
For either type of toothbrush, rinse it immediately after using it so that bacteria and mold can’t start growing. After all, when you put your toothbrush inside your mouth, you just want toothpaste on its head, not bacteria or mold.
Once you’ve rinsed your toothbrush, make sure you store it in an upright position so that it can air-dry. If you store it inside a closed container, moisture gets trapped and bacteria starts to grow.
Electric Toothbrush Base and Heads
Since more and more folks now use electric toothbrushes, make sure you clean the brush head at least once per week using mild soap and water. Also, don’t forget to clean the charging base with a damp cloth. However, remember to unplug it before doing so, or otherwise, you’ll get quite a shock.
Replacing Your Toothbrush
Even if you’ve become a close friend to your toothbrush, all good things must eventually come to an end. In this case, we mean the bristles on your toothbrush will begin to get frayed and worn-out, meaning it’s time for a new toothbrush. To keep your teeth in their best condition, replace your manual toothbrush every four months. As for electric toothbrushes, their bristles tend to last a little longer. However, you should still have a good supply of replacement heads at the ready, and plan on changing these about every six months for maximum effectiveness.
Use a UV Sanitizer
In today’s world where germs are a bigger concern to many people, some experts recommend using a UV sanitizer with your toothbrush. By placing your toothbrush inside the sanitizer for only 10 minutes, you can kill bacteria as well as have a good storage space for your toothbrush.
Once you start following these tips, you and your toothbrush will be a dynamic duo that will be unstoppable in the war on cavities.