1. Change your toothbrush every 3 months! It’s pretty gross to think about what your toothbrush sees on the daily. It comes into contact with millions of germs and will naturally wear out with time. Many dental associations suggest patients change their toothbrush every three months or more often if the bristles are worn down or after being sick.
2. Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet! When you flush the toilet with the lid up you are unleashing bacteria into the bathroom, bacteria that travel up to 10 inches from the seat. If your toothbrush is close to the toilet, you just might have toilet bacteria landing right on it.
3. Keep your toothbrush dry and alone! The dryer your toothbrush the more hostile an environment it is for bacteria. You also want to avoid toothbrushes from touching (see point 5 for more details).
4. Rinse your brush after brushing. Make sure to rinse off all the toothpaste and debris from your toothbrush after brushing. The cleaner your toothbrush is in-between brushes, the better it is to keep your teeth clean.
5. Don’t share your toothbrush. Studies have shown that people who never had cavities can develop them when they start dating someone with cavities. The cavity creating bacteria is transferred while kissing, which we can assume would happen when sharing the same toothbrush. If that’s not enough, you can pass on infectious diseases through sharing a toothbrush.
You use your toothbrush twice a day… time to show it more love and care!