Placing a toothbrush under a constant flow of water and giving it a good shake is needed to deep clean
Swirl the bristles in antibacterial mouthwash for 30 seconds
Dilute 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a cup of water and soak the toothbrush in the solution
Dilute 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in 1 cup of water and swirl the toothbrush bristle in solution before brushing
Soak bristles overtime in vinegar once per week
Dissolve denture cleaning tablets as per instructions in the label and soak the toothbrush in that solution.
Don't soak the toothbrush in mouthwash for longer than 15min and don't reuse that mouthwash used for cleaning the brush.
Sonic sterilizers- These are germicidal light technology that kills bacteria, to keep your toothbrush safe and clean. The UV light/ heat sterilization works to kill the germs that cause flu, gum disease, cavities and more. Bacteria love water. The heating plates dry the brushes to make the sterilization process more effective.(Figure 1)
Use a toothbrush holder to place it vertically upright. Never leave it flat on the surface
Store upright somewhere it can air out
Keep it away from your toilet and always put the lid down before flushing because the bacteria can send microscopic content all over the bathroom.
Brushes should be rinsed clean after each use then allowed to air dry.
Rotating use of more than one brush during 24 hours prolongs brush life
Brushes should be replaced when bristles splay or loose resilience generally no longer than 3-4 months
Some brushes have color indicator bristles to monitor replacement time
After illness such as cold or flu, brushes should be replaced or disinfected with a solution of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water or 0.12% chlorhexidine
Treat electronic / power models the same way you handle a manual toothbrush
Don't share a toothbrush with another person
No matter the circumstance never share your toothbrush with another person including family members.
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Written by Pooja Sam BDS, RDHShe holds a dental hygiene license in Florida and is working toward becoming a full-time dentist.