It's important to follow good oral hygiene practices every day to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Brushing twice a day and floss once a day is recommended to keep your mouth clean.
You want to make sure you're using a clean toothbrush. You can store it properly to prevent bacteria from growing, and disinfecting your toothbrush once a week can help kill germs as well.
Sanitizing Your Toothbrush
It's important to brush your teeth every day, even when you're sick. During these times, you're going to have more germs hanging around. Unfortunately, they can also hide out in your toothbrush. You're probably not going to want to go through a whole supply of brushes each time you get sick.
Soaking your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash for 10 to 15 minutes will help kill germs. You'll want to avoid letting it sit any longer because it may cause damage to the bristles. This is a nice quick easy way to clean it. Then store it properly, allowing it to air dry. Keeping your brush dry between uses helps prevent bacteria from forming and growing.
Other techniques include boiling it for three minutes, but this could cause damage to your toothbrush. You could put it in the silverware container in the dishwasher. Or soaking it in hydrogen peroxide. Rinse out your toothbrush thoroughly after each use. Toothpaste and food particles love causing problems.
You should only use a toothbrush for up to three months. If your brush is showing signs of wear it really is time to get a new one. If you think about it, three months is a long time for germs to find a way to build up in all those bristles.
Sanitizing is a great way to put up a fight against all those germs. For questions on sanitizing your toothbrush, or what product you should use, call our office. Don't forget to have some back up brushes handy anytime. When in doubt, throw it out.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (949) 574-0100 today.