• Angela Murphy, RDH

How To Take Care Of Your Toothbrush

Think about where you store your toothbrush…

· On your bathroom sink where splashes occur

· In a toothbrush holder or cup that rarely gets cleaned

It's critical that our toothbrushes remain in good condition (and clean) so they can do their jobs of keeping our teeth healthy.

Suggested Cleaning Methods for Your Toothbrush

  • Placing a toothbrush under a constant flow of water and giving it a good shake is needed to deep clean

  • Swirl the bristles in antibacterial mouthwash for 30 seconds

  • Dilute 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a cup of water and soak the toothbrush in the solution

  • Dilute 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in 1 cup of water and swirl the toothbrush bristle in solution before brushing

  • Soak bristles for 15 minutes in vinegar once per week

  • Dissolve denture cleaning tablets as per instructions in the label and soak the toothbrush in that solution.

  • Don't soak the toothbrush in mouthwash for longer than 15 minutes and do not rinse with the mouthwash used for cleaning the brush.

  • Sonic sterilizers- These are germicidal light technology that kills bacteria, to keep your toothbrush safe and clean. The UV lig