Toothbrush Hygiene

Toothbrush Hygiene

23 March 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a simple regimen for toothbrush care is sufficient to remove most microorganisms from your toothbrush and limit the spread of disease.

Here are some common-sense steps you can take:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before /after flossing and brushing.
• After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with warm water and store it upright to air-dry.
• Don't cover your toothbrush or place it in a closed container until it is completely dry. A moist environment can foster bacterial growth.
• Use a completely dry toothbrush. Everyone should have two toothbrushes to give ample time (24 hours) for each brush to dry out in between uses.
Don't share a toothbrush with anyone. Also, don't store toothbrushes in a way that might cause them to touch and spread germs.
• Always replace your toothbrush after a cold or other illness to prevent contamination.
If you or someone else in your family is sick, that person should use a different tube of toothpaste to prevent spreading germs to other toothbrushes.
• Disinfect your toothbrush holder at least once a week