There are many things people use in order to keep their toothbrush clean. Some of them run it through the dishwasher. Others soak the toothbrush head in mouthwash or bubbling denture cleaner. There are people who freeze the toothbrush, boil or spend money on expensive ultraviolet toothbrush sanitizer.
All you need to do is rinse your toothbrush with water before applying your favorite toothpaste.
You can also fill the bottom of a glass with some hydrogen peroxide and some water. Put the bristles into the solution and shake it around. The hydrogen solution is a natural disinfectant and will kill bacteria on your bristles. If you want a natural whitening effect, you can use your toothbrush without rinsing it off.
We have a natural flora of bacteria that lives in our mouth, which is necessary for a healthy environment. You do not need to remove them completely from the toothbrush. Studies at the American Dental Association found no evidence in negative oral health effects from normal bacteria on a toothbrush.
We need a certain amount of natural bacteria in our mouth, but not around our teeth and gums. It is enough to sterilize your toothbrush, but you should replace it regularly.
Here is some other advice for keeping your toothbrush clean and effective:
– When you notice discoloration, buildup or matting of the bristles, it is time to replace it. Your toothbrush needs to look clean and straight.
– Buy a new toothbrush every three to four months or even sooner if the bristles become worn. If you are dealing with a fungal, yeast or viral infection in your mouth, start using a new brush at the beginning of the treatment and again at the end.
– It is very important not to share your toothbrush. Your mouth needs a healthy flora of its own bacteria, not bacteria from some other person.
– Keep your toothbrush in an open-air holder instead in a dirty cup, drawer or travel case. This can increase the mold or bacteria growth that is not natural to your mouth, which can cause mouth disease such as gingivitis.