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Best Tips To Clean Your Toothbrush
Looking for the best toothbrush cleaning tips? Many people believe that there is no need to clean your toothbrush after brushing your teeth, which is simply untrue. The fact that people use a toothbrush to clean the gums and teeth by removing any plaque or food particles means that leftover particles can linger on the brush.
If these particles remain in or on the toothbrush, it can easily lead to the growth of microorganisms. This growth is something that people need to avoid with proper toothbrush care.
Why is a clean toothbrush so important?
A clean toothbrush is important. If a toothbrush is not clean, it can introduce bad bacteria into the mouth. This bad bacteria can lead to a number of oral health problems as well as general health problems due to the potential of an infection. While information on cleaning toothbrushes in a dishwasher, a microwave or using boiling water to clean them is available, these options can easily damage the toothbrush.
In fact, these options can make the toothbrush unusable. Call us for more information about proper toothbrush care.
Best tips to clean a toothbrush
The following are some of the best tips for cleaning a toothbrush, which is supportive of a healthy mouth.
TIP #1. Run it under hot water
Simply running a toothbrush under hot water for about ten seconds or so after brushing one’s teeth is going to help get rid of any leftover particles.
TIP #2. Soak it in a disinfecting mouthwash
Soaking toothbrushes in mouthwash for a few minutes after brushing one’s teeth can help kill any harmful bacteria.
TIP #3. Soak it in vinegar
Soaking toothbrushes in white vinegar for a minimum of 15 minutes will naturally kill all bacteria that may be lingering on a toothbrush.
After thoroughly cleaning a toothbrush using one of the methods above, it is necessary to store toothbrushes in an open cup or jar where they face exposure to a lot of air. When people store a toothbrush in covered containers, it keeps the moisture in. Trapping the moisture is going to lead to the additional growth of bad bacteria.
We can help
If you have any questions about your toothbrush we are always available to answer your questions. No question is too big or small since we always make it a goal to help our patients understand what it takes so they can properly take care of their oral hygiene. While choosing the perfect toothbrush may seem like a simple thing to do, there are actually a few things you need to look for when choosing a new toothbrush to clean your teeth. Some factors include the size and bristle strength of the toothbrush.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Great Neck Dental Arts - Dr. Jeffrey L. Rubin DMD, request an appointment in our Great Neck dental office here: https://www.jeffreylrubindmd.com. Or call us at (516) 301-9032.
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