Because our mouths and bathrooms have countless amounts of bacteria, it’s common to feel the need to clean our toothbrushes. Although this is the case, it’s actually not necessary to clean your toothbrush, according to the American Dental Association. However, there are things you can do to keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, and our dentist, Dr. Ali M Arastu, is happy to tell you all about them.
First, rinse your toothbrush with warm water when you’re done brushing. This helps remove the food particles and toothpaste that are stuck in the bristles. Second, let your toothbrush bristles air dry before you place a toothbrush cover over them. This means you need to place your toothbrush upright in a toothbrush holder or cup. Third, replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the toothbrush bristles have been worn down.
If you feel like you would still like to sanitize your toothbrush, go ahead. Just follow our instructions. Place your toothbrush head in a cup of antibacterial mouthwash for 15 minutes. This will kill the bacteria in the area. Make sure to remove the toothbrush after the time is up because letting the brush soak any longer can ruin the bristles. Whatever you do, don’t use a dishwasher or microwave to clean your brush.
Would you like to know more about how to clean your toothbrush in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? If so, please reach out to Periodontal Consultants by dialing 215-463-6677. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!