While most people brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes, there is 1,436 minutes daily where the toothbrush isn’t in your mouth.
But did you know; how you store that unused toothbrush can make a difference in your oral health? Whether it is being stored at home on a counter or in a travel bag on the road, there are a few ways to help keep not only your toothbrush but also your mouth in the best shape possible.
Always rinse it well before putting in your mouth. By putting it under water for a few seconds before adding toothpaste will make sure there isn’t any unwanted debris or dust about to go into your mouth.
Always store your toothbrush upright when not in use. This is where gravity comes into play. By storing it in a cup or holder, will allow the water to drain down and away from the head of the brush.
Store it in the open. This will help the brush air dry most thoroughly. By keeping it in a bag, cabinet or drawer, even when traveling, will keep the brush moist, which entail can attract bacteria and potentially cause an infection.
Give it space. Don’t allow toothbrushes to be close to other toothbrushes, such as a family member or spouse’s. If they are touching bacteria from one brush has the potential to contaminate another.
Keep it out of the way of the toilet as well as other household cleaners such as aerosol that live in your bathroom.. This is pretty obvious but should be noted.
A toothbrush like everything else needs the proper care and attention to be most effective. The last thing you want is to get sick because of the lack of care you provide it.
Speak with a Fresh Dental Smiles dentist or hygienist for more information and other tips on ways to keep your toothbrush safe.