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Are You Making Sure to Sanitize Your Teeth?

Posted on 3/10/2017 by Boeckel
A collection of toothbrushes that need to be sanitized.
Do you go out of your way to keep your toothbrush sanitary on a regular basis? We all know that we are supposed to replace our toothbrushes every three months or when the bristles aren't able to clean sufficiently, but does everyone know the rules for sanitizing your toothbrush?

Unfortunately, no, most people don't. You should be sanitizing your toothbrush weekly at the very least, but it can be done daily, each time you brush. Here's how!

Why Do You Need to Keep Your Toothbrush Sanitized?

Imagine this. You flush the toilet, then brush your teeth a little while later. You were sure to wash your hands, but never thought twice about your toothbrush. Each time you brush, the water in the toilet gets stirred up and some of it becomes airborne. Those germs fly up and land on whatever is in their path, including your sink-resting toothbrush. Yuck!

How to Keep Your Toothbrush Sanitized

First, plop that bad-boy into the dishwasher once a week. The heat will kill every germ on it! Second, rinse your toothbrush with the same mouthwash you use to get rid of the germs in your mouth. If it's good enough for your mouth, it should be good enough for your toothbrush.

Third, run boiling water over the head of your toothbrush. Again, the heat will zap those germs in no time. Finally, wash your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide. Those germs won't know what hit them!

If you don't keep your toothbrush sanitized, you are repeatedly putting germs back into your mouth each time you brush. Plus, those germs could make you incredibly sick. It only takes a few minutes, and can be done as often as you deem necessary. For more tips to sanitizing your toothbrush, contact our office!










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