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Cleaning & Storing Your Toothbrush

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Most of us have been using a toothbrush since we were old enough to hold onto one, what could we possibly find out about them that we don't already know? Well, you'd be surprised. For instance, did you know that you should rinse your toothbrush BEFORE and after brushing? Airborne bacteria and other particles like dust can settle on your toothbrush between brushings. If you don't want to put that in your mouth you can get in the habit of rinsing your brush under hot water while briskly rubbing the bristles back and forth both before and after brushing.

It is important to air dry your toothbrush between brushings because the bacteria that cause gum disease are anaerobic, meaning they are killed by exposure to air. Just letting your toothbrush air dry will kill many harmful bacteria. Ventilation is the key; don't store your toothbrush in an airtight container.

Always store your toothbrush standing upright (handle down, bristles up) to allow the brush to drain. This keeps the dirty water and particles (eewww!) away from the end you put in your mouth. Make sure your toothbrush head does not come into contact with any of the goo that collects at the bottom of your toothbrush holder or your faithful brush may become a mold and bacteria flophouse.

Be prepared to say goodbye to your toothbrush every 3-4 months at least. Once the bristles start to fray and bend the effectiveness of the toothbrush is greatly reduced and it is time to bid adieu, so long, it's been good to know ya!