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Is Sanitizing Your Toothbrush Necessary for Good Oral Health?
Posted on 8/30/2018 by Sean Saghatchi
Many people wonder just how clean their toothbrushes are and whether sanitizing them might be beneficial. After all, the mouth is full of bacteria, and in general, the bathroom tends to be a pretty germy place. So, is it really necessary to sanitize your toothbrush?
Sanitizing Guidance from the American Dental Association
The American Dental Association states that no commercial oral hygiene products can sterilize a toothbrush. Plus, the process isn't necessary, as there is no significant clinical evidence to support that the growth of bacteria on a toothbrush leads to adverse systemic or oral health effects.
Simply taking care of your toothbrush may be just as effective as attempting to sanitize.
Since bacteria grow in moist, dark places, allow your brush to air dry in an upright position where it is unable to touch other brushes. Don't share toothbrushes and replace your existing brush every three months or so. Rinsing with warm water after you brush might also help, as it will ensure that food particles and excess toothpaste don't stay behind on the bristles.
Tips to Disinfect Your Toothbrush
If you decide that you would feel more comfortable sanitizing your toothbrush, there is no harm in doing so.
These tips may help:
Place your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash to soak
Wash your toothbrush in the dishwasher by placing it in the silverware compartment
Store your toothbrush in a cup of hydrogen peroxide
Periodically boil your toothbrush for several minutes
Buy a UV toothbrush sanitizer that uses dry heat and steam to sanitize your brush
If you have any additional questions about how to better care for your teeth, please give our office a call. We want you to have a healthy teeth and gums, and we can help you determine if your current oral hygiene routine is effective.
Location 1835 Newport Blvd Suite E267 Costa Mesa, CA 92627