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Do You Really Get Your Toothbrush Totally Clean After Using It?

Posted on 12/10/2021 by Moyer Office
Do You Really Get Your Toothbrush Totally Clean After Using It?When it comes to maintaining good oral health, a toothbrush plays an important role. Toothbrushes get rid of food particles and bacteria present on your teeth and gums. By doing so, they help keep your teeth bright and healthy. However, one concern regarding the use of a toothbrush is the extent you clean it after use. It is highly recommended that you clean your toothbrush thoroughly after using it. Here are reasons why you should thoroughly clean your toothbrush after use.

Importance of Cleaning Your Toothbrush

You should rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after use to remove the remaining toothpaste, food particles, and plaque. Keeping your toothbrush in its dirty state might cause infections when you re-use it. This is because you will be transmitting bacteria into your mouth when brushing instead of removing it. After rinsing your toothbrush, you should keep it in an upright position and allow it to dry. It is important to note that the bacteria present on your toothbrush are anaerobic. This means that the presence of oxygen will kill most of them. This underlines the importance of air-drying your toothbrush after rinsing it.

Furthermore, most germs flourish in closed containers or moisture. Therefore, you should keep your toothbrush in the open air. However, it is important not to keep it too close to the toilet seat. This is because flushing the toilet could spread bacteria to your toothbrush. You are also warned against storing multiple brushes together. If you have the tendency of keeping family toothbrushes together, you could be spreading bacteria between them. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the toothbrushes don't touch each other for the best results. Poor storage of your toothbrush could see you developing oral conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. Schedule a consultative appointment with us for more information on the importance of cleaning your toothbrush.

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