Do you have the urge to clean your toothbrush? If so, you’re not alone. Many people think that because our mouths and bathrooms are covered in bacteria, the toothbrush needs to be sanitized. Now, little did you know, this is not the case. According to the American Dental Association, sanitizing your toothbrush is unnecessary because there is no clinical evidence that shows that bacterial growth on toothbrushes cause oral or systemic health issues. However, there are still things you can do to keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, and our dentist, Dr. Bryce M. Darden, is happy to tell you all about them.
First, rinse your toothbrush bristles with warm water when you’re done brushing. Second, let your toothbrush bristles dry before you cover them with a toothbrush cover. This means you need to store your toothbrush upright, whether it’s in a toothbrush holder or cup. Third, get a new toothbrush when the toothbrush bristles are worn down or if you have been using your brush longer than 3-4 months.
If you still feel the need to clean your toothbrush, there is something you can do. You can soak your toothbrush head in antibacterial mouthwash for 15 minutes. This will kill the germs and clean the bristles. Do not use your dishwasher or microwave to clean your toothbrush.
Call Darden DDS today at 626.963.6006 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to clean and care for your toothbrush in Glendora, California. Our dental team will be happy to give you the answers and information you need!