To keep your toothbrush and yourself healthy, make sure you let it dry out between uses. Toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for germs, fungus and bacteria, which after a while can build up to significant levels.
After using your toothbrush:
- Shake it vigorously under tap water
- Store it in an upright position so that it can air out
- Make sure it stands alone, meaning do not let it touch other toothbrushes
How often should I change my toothbrush?
Most dentists agree you should change your toothbrush every three months. Studies show that after three months of normal wear and tear, toothbrushes are much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums compared to new ones. Also if you have had a cold, the flu, a mouth infection or a sore throat- make sure to change your toothbrush. That’s because germs can hide in toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection.
How can I protect my toothbrush when traveling?
This somehow always becomes a point of worry. A plastic toothbrush case will protect toothbrush bristles from becoming squashed or flattened in your traveling kit. After brushing, however, you should let your toothbrush dry in the open air, to help reduce the spread of germs, so lay it on a clean washcloth face up.