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How to Clean Your Toothbrush Between Uses

Posted on 2/21/2022 by Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA
How to Clean Your Toothbrush Between UsesHow often do you clean your toothbrush? If you're like most people, the answer is not very often. But did you know that you should be cleaning your toothbrush between uses to prevent the build-up of bacteria? In this blog post, we'll show you how to clean your toothbrush correctly so that you can keep it clean and bacteria-free.

Why is the toothbrush so important?

The toothbrush is one of the most essential tools in your oral care arsenal. It's the tool that helps you remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth, so it's important to keep it clean. If you don't clean your toothbrush between uses, you run the risk of re-infecting yourself with the very bacteria you're trying to get rid of.

Rinse your toothbrush off after each use.

This is the simplest way to clean your toothbrush, and it only takes a few seconds. Just rinse it off with water and shake it off to remove any excess water.
If you're using an electric toothbrush, make sure to rinse the bristles and brush the head thoroughly. It would help if you also wiped down the handle of your toothbrush with a clean cloth to remove any bacteria or dirt that may have accumulated on it.

UV Light Sanitizers

If you want to sanitize your toothbrush more thoroughly, you can use a UV light sanitizer. These devices use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria on the toothbrush. They're quick and easy to use, and they don't require any special cleaning solutions or chemicals. Just place your toothbrush in the sanitizer for about five minutes, and it will be clean and bacteria-free.

Mouthwash or Vinegar Soak

If you don't have a UV light sanitizer, you can also clean your toothbrush with mouthwash or vinegar. To use mouthwash, soak your toothbrush in a cup of mouthwash for about five minutes. This will kill any bacteria on the bristles and help to freshen your breath.

Mix one part vinegar with three parts water if you want to use vinegar. Soak your toothbrush in this mixture for about five minutes. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, and it will help get rid of any lingering bacteria on the bristles.

Cleaning your toothbrush between uses is a quick and easy way to keep it bacteria-free. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your toothbrush will be clean and ready for your next brushing session. Thanks for reading!

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