Why You Should Clean Your Toothbrush
Everybody has probably heard by now that it is important to brush your teeth at least two times a day if you wish to maintain good oral health. While brushing your teeth is crucial, it is just as vital to make sure that you are doing it with a clean brush. Keeping your brush clean is the best way to prevent the transmission of germs that can affect your oral and overall health.
There are a few simple things to remember when you are trying to keep your brush clean. After you brush, be sure to rinse your toothbrush off with warm water. Our mouth contains the most bacteria out of anywhere in our body, and you will want to rinse as many of these germs away as you can. Store it up-right to let it dry, as covering a moist toothbrush can create a very habitable environment for bacterial growth. If you live with somebody else, make sure that your brushes are not touching in between uses. Toothbrushes that touch can easily transfer bacteria to each other. For the same reason, it is wise not to share toothbrushes. Also, try not to store your toothbrush in a place where it can come into contact with germs. For instance, avoid storing toothbrushes around toilets, if possible. If you have no choice, be sure to only flush the toilet when the lid is closed, as a flushing toilet can spew out all sorts of nasty microorganisms onto your toothbrush.
Always replace your toothbrush after you or anyone you are living with has been sick. The toothbrush can retain those germs, and they can even multiply on the brush. It also a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. And for the best oral hygiene, make sure that you also accompany regular brushing with daily flossing and a biannual visit to the dentist for a professional dental cleaning and exam.
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