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How to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

November 18, 2014

Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of good oral hygiene. Your toothbrush works hard to clean every part of your teeth and mouth – but are you sure that your toothbrush is clean as well? As your toothbrush works hard to keep your teeth and mouth free of food debris and bacteria, it goes through a regular beating too, and is highly susceptible to germs and dirt. If you want to make the most out of your toothbrush, and if you want to make sure that what you putting inside your mouth is completely clean, you need to take certain steps to keep your toothbrush as clean as it can possibly be.

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Before and after using your toothbrush, make it a habit to rub the bristles vigorously using your thumb, under running water. Taking a few seconds to regularly do this bristle-rubbing will dislodge any food debris and toothpaste residue that may be stuck in the middle of the bristles. It is also a good idea to disinfect your toothbrush by rinsing it with hot water, and then soaking it in a mixture of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide.

After brushing your teeth, shake off excess water and air-dry your toothbrush in an area well away from the toilet, as germs from flushing can easily reach the toothbrush. Make sure that toothbrushes are placed in separate containers to eliminate the spread of germs caused by several toothbrushes coming into contact with one another.

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