How to Clean Your Electric Toothbrush
Cleaning your toothbrush is necessary to avoid bacterial growth. Remember that a toothbrush’s main purpose is to remove bacteria from the mouth. Therefore, it is important to keep it sanitary and free of bacteria. There are many benefits of using an electric toothbrush, but you need to keep it clean. Here are the best ways to clean your electric toothbrush.
Keep your toothbrush covered on the road, but not at home.
When traveling, it’s important to bring a toothbrush holder or cover. You should never allow it to roll around uncovered in your suitcase of toiletry container where it can pick up dirt, dust, and bacteria. When you’re at home, avoid keeping your toothbrush stored in a holder, especially when you leave it in a moist environment because it promotes growth of bacteria.
If you have to use a toothbrush cover frequently, you can still do it but opt for the ones with holes that can let air in. When storing your toothbrush at home, keep it upright in a cup, or in a toothbrush holder that will allow the air to dry it.
Use a sanitizer
Toothbrush sanitizers are available in various stores, but there’s no solid evidence to prove that it will clean your toothbrush 100%. The best thing to do is to look for a toothbrush sanitizer that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Be extra careful of sanitizing products that are too good to be true. Also, avoid practices like putting your toothbrush in the dishwasher or microwave; environments with high temperature can damage the brush.
Always rinse your electric toothbrush with tap water after every use in order to fully remove the toothpaste and sticking debris. Do this every day. Also, don’t over-brush by putting too much pressure on the toothbrush because it can quickly wear out the bristles and easily become less effective for cleaning.
It’s best to replace the head of your electric toothbrush every three months, or when you see the blue bristles start to fade half-way to white, or when you notice fraying. All you have to do is simply pull the old brush head off the handle at a straight angle. In the same manner, snap the new brush head in.
How can you tell if you need to change your toothbrush or brush head?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace and change your toothbrush approximately every three or four months or maybe sooner if the bristles are frayed. It doesn’t matter what toothbrush you use. The bristles always become frayed and worn, and this can make it lose its cleaning effectiveness. Researchers found that a new toothbrush can remove more plaque than worn-out ones.
Replace your toothbrush head when you get sick because toothbrush bristles don’t kill bacteria in the mouth, protect against disease, or prevent anyone from getting sick. Practice diligent hygiene regardless of what type of toothbrush you’re using. Remember that your oral health is in your hands!