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Your toothbrush, like anything you put in your mouth, needs to be kept clean. If you don’t clean your toothbrush, food debris and bacteria can accumulate in the bristles, which will pretty much negate using it in the first place.

Fortunately, cleaning your toothbrush is not a difficult proposition. It’s really fairly simple. Just hold it under the tap until the bristles are free of leftover toothpaste and food particles. Then, store it upright in a place where the air can dry it. You should store it away from the other toothbrushes in your household to prevent cross contamination. And while it may not be a pleasant image, you should keep the toilet lid down when not in use. The reason for this is when you flush, the bacteria and other particles in the toilet bowl may become airborne. And that is probably all we need to say about that.

Boiling your toothbrush, microwaving it and running it through the dishwasher may not do anything more than damage the bristles. There are also UV sanitizers on the market, however, you should make sure that you do not use it on your toothbrush for longer than 15 minutes, since that can also damage the bristles.

So, taking care of your toothbrush is not difficult, but if you have any questions about taking care of your teeth or your toothbrush, our dentists, Dr. Peter Roukema will be happy to answer them. If you live in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area and would like to schedule an appointment at Sunridge Dental Care, call 505-836-0322 today. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!