Think your toothbrush is clean? Think again. According to the Centers for Disease Control, rinsing a toothbrush after each use (as most of us do), isn't enough to adequately get rid of the “yuck.”
The American Dental Association (ADA) offers tips on keeping your toothbrush clean:
- Don’t keep your toothbrush in a cabinet or cover it with a protector. It’s best to let air get to the bristles so they dry between brushings. Keeping bristles damp promotes the growth of bacteria.
- Don’t let your toothbrush come into contact with someone else’s.
- Give your toothbrush a good washing after brushing. Hold the brush under running water for about 10 seconds while rubbing your thumb over it.
- Pour a little mouthwash over your brush -- the alcohol in the mouthwash will eliminate most of the bacteria.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If it’s electric, replace the head every four to six months. If you notice the ends of the bristles bending, then it’s time to replace your toothbrush.
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