Toothbrush Care 101:

Toothbrush Care 101

Prevent Bacteria Growth on Your Toothbrush

A toothbrush is your teeth’s best friend. However, the instrument designed to prevent cavities and tooth decay may do more harm than good if not cleaned or used properly. Just as a dirty mop spreads more dirt over the floor, a dirty brush can spread bacteria in your mouth. In fact, according to Medicine Net, the average toothbrush is teeming with about 10 million microbes, mainly in the form of E. coli and staphylococci. Proper toothbrush care will minimize the amount of bacteria in the bristles.

Tooth Brushing Hacks to Stave off Germs

Take heed of the following tips recommended by orthodontics experts for keeping bacteria at bay.

  • Keep your brush in its own holder and away from other toothbrushes to prevent cross contamination.

  • It goes without saying that the toilet is full of bacteria. Bacteria can become airborne and land on your toothbrush. If possible, store your toothbrush at least 6 feet away from the toilet.

  • Do you brush in the shower? While this practice saves times, it’s not the wisest idea. The showerhead is also teeming with bacteria, and the running water can shuttle the bacteria into the toothbrush and inside your mouth.

  • Never store your toothbrush in an enclosed case. This traps the air and creates a moist environment for bacteria to thrive.

  • Don’t bother microwaving your toothbrush. Yes, there are some people who do this believing that the heat will sterilize the bristles. The heat will damage the brush and does nothing to disinfect it.

Don’t Forget to Keep Up With Your Dental Appointments

As always, brushing and keeping a clean toothbrush is only one part of the oral hygiene equation. You still need to see your dentist regularly to ensure long-term teeth and gum care. Kenmore Dentistry provides both family and cosmetic dentistry; be sure to call us at (425) 437-1032 to schedule an appointment. A clean toothbrush equals clean teeth, so make toothbrush care just as routine as brushing and flossing.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Oral Care & Teeth Cleaning Tips from Your Kenmore Dentists