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Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But did you know that your brushing hygiene also depends on how you maintain and store your toothbrush?

It is also good habit to wash your toothbrush on a regular basis to maintain its cleanliness. You should rinse the brush and soak it in antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria. Another way to clean your toothbrush is to run it through the dishwasher. It is also important to wash a new toothbrush before using it, as the packaging is not sterile and bacteria may already exist on the toothbrush. If you are sick, it is especially important to thoroughly sanitize the toothbrush between uses and highly recommended to use a new toothbrush after the illness is past to reduce exposure to harmful bacteria.

When storing your toothbrush, it is best to keep it in an upright position to allow the brush to dry out quickly so that bacteria and molds don’t form on it. It is also suggested to store your toothbrush in a dry location with a steady airflow, so avoid placing your toothbrush flat or in an airtight cover. You should also keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, because airborne particles could settle on your toothbrush.

Another bad habit that should be avoided is sharing a toothbrush with another person, even if this person is a family member. Sharing toothbrushes fosters the transfer of bacteria that can be harmful, such as bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

Your toothbrush won’t be completely sterile no matter how careful you are, but it is important to take proper care in order to keep your toothbrush as hygienic as possible. If you would like to learn more about proper brushing and toothbrush storing techniques or have any questions, we invite you to contact our office today.