People use different methods to clean their toothbrush: some put it in the dishwasher, others soak it in mouthwash, and some even freeze it, boil it or buy an ultraviolet toothbrush sanitizer.
But the most effective way to clean the toothbrush is to rinse it before applying toothpaste.
Another good way to clean the toothbrush is to put some hydrogen peroxide and water in a glass and put the toothbrush in – this solution is a disinfectant and will kill the bacteria on the bristles. For a whitening effect, use the toothbrush without rinsing it off.
We all have natural bacteria and flora that live on our teeth, which is essential for a healthy environment. According to studies conducted by the American Dental Association you don’t need to remove it all from the toothbrush, as there are no indications of bad oral health caused by the normal bacteria on toothbrush. And, while the bacteria on our teeth is good for us, bacteria around them and the gums is not. Sterilizing a toothbrush is almost always enough, but it needs to be replaced regularly.
Here is some other advice for keeping the toothbrush clean:
– If there’s buildup or discoloration on the bristles, it’s time for a new one. The new toothbrush should look clean and straight
– Get a new toothbrush every three to four months before the bristles are worn. If you’re dealing with an infection in the mouth – a fungal, yeast or viral one, buy a new toothbrush at the beginning and at the end of the treatment
– Do not share your toothbrush! The mouth needs your bacteria, not from some other person
– Keep the toothbrush in an open air holder. Don’t keep it in a dirty cup or drawer. This increases the mold and bacteria buildup and can lead to gingivitis.