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Over the years people have come up with various methods for cleaning their toothbrushes… some people microwave them, some put them in the dishwasher, others soak them in effervescent denture cleansers, some boil them, freeze them, or buy those expensive ultraviolet toothbrush sanitizers…and the list probably goes on. However, contrary to popular beliefs, experts like Karyn Kahn, DDS, say that the methods listed above are all unnecessary and recommends “just rinsing it in good, hot water.” In addition, Dr. Kahn also suggests routinely replacing your toothbrush regularly instead of trying to sterilize it.
Along with the American Dental Association (ADA), Dr. Kahn suggests replacing your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months or whenever it becomes discolored and/or the bristles become matted or frayed. In addition, following the tips listed below will also help keep your toothbrush clean.
Toothbrush Care Tips
|-- Replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months or when the start looking/feeling ‘worn’|
|-- Keep in mind that children’s toothbrushes may need to be replaced more frequently|
|-- Don’t share your toothbrush or use someone else’s toothbrush|
|-- Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after every use|
|-- Allow toothbrushes to air dry (don’t keep them in enclosed areas/containers)|
|-- Don’t store your toothbrush near the toilet|
|-- When in doubt, throw it out!|
While there is a presence of bacteria on toothbrushes, the American Dental Association explains that there aren’t any confirmed benefits to sanitizing toothbrushes. In fact, they go on to explain that some methods, like using a microwave or dishwasher, can actually cause more harm than good and damage the toothbrush, as well as releasing chemicals that are then put in the mouth when the toothbrush is used. If you’re worried about a build-up of bacterial growth on your toothbrush the best course of action is to simply replace it more frequently.
Clean toothbrushes lead to cleaner mouths, but there is no need to go overboard trying to sanitize your toothbrush. Simply give it a good rinse with clean hot water every time you use it and make sure it gets replaced every 3-4 months or when the bristles start getting worn. Mountainside Medical Equipment has a comprehensive selection of dental care products with a wide selection of toothbrushes. Browse through and take a look today!