While you clean your mouth, some bacteria transfer to your toothbrush! Later when you re-use your brush or interdental cleaner, some of the bacteria can move back into your mouth. After each use, rinse your toothbrush and interdental cleaning device thoroughly to rinse off bacteria. It is important to sanitize your toothbrush once every week. Below is how you could do it with a simple ingredient- Listerine mouthwash or any other mouthwash you have along with some tips to keep your toothbrush clean-
- Once a week, soak your toothbrush in an antiseptic mouth rinse, like Listerine. Because mouthwash is an antiseptic, it can kill germs as well. The alcohol content is lower, however, so leave your toothbrush head in the liquid for several minutes.
- You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean your toothbrush. An easy way to do this is to pour fresh hydrogen peroxide into a cup and then place your brush head in the cup. After at least five minutes, rinse the toothbrush thoroughly in water to eliminate the hydrogen peroxide taste.
- Eliminate bacteria buildup by submerging your toothbrush into one of these solutions after brushing for 10-20 minutes
- Don’t put a cover over the brush head and don’t put the brush in a closed container, as these will keep the bristles moist. If you are sick, clean and disinfect your toothbrush after each use. Rinse thoroughly in water, flick off the excess moisture and let dry. Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, you ought to be changing the toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months.
- You should clean your toothbrush every week and replace the old one every three months. If you use electric toothbrush, the heads are replaceable and can be cleaned and disinfected in the same way as a conventional toothbrush.
- If you want to sanitize, toothbrush heads should be immersed for about 15 minutes in mouthwash.