brush-maintenanceGood toothbrush hygiene is just as important as good oral hygiene. You can be brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly, but if you are not caring for your toothbrush properly, you are still putting your mouth at risk.

Whether you use a manual toothbrush or a battery-operated toothbrush for cleaning your teeth, Dr. Anthony Marra suggests you follow these five easy hygiene tips to keep your toothbrush sanitized.

  1. Clean your toothbrush thoroughly after brushing. Rinse your toothbrush carefully to remove any toothpaste or food debris from the bristles.
  1. Store your brush in an upright position. Buy a toothbrush holder for your bathroom instead of leaving your brush flat on the counter. Storage in the upright position allows your toothbrush to air-dry thoroughly before the next use. Also, avoid having your toothbrush touch other toothbrushes in the holder to prevent cross-contamination.
  1. Don’t store your brush in closed containers. Avoid covering your toothbrush or storing it in cabinets or other closed containers. A moist environment can be a breeding ground for germs.
  1. Never share your toothbrush. This should be a no-brainer, right? Sharing a brush poses health risks as it exposes you to the bodily fluids and germs of another person. Toothbrush sharing can be particularly dangerous for a person with a compromised immune system.
  1. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Over time toothbrush bristles become worn and will not clean your teeth as effectively. Children may need to replace toothbrushes more frequently than 3-4 months. Also, remember to replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick.

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