A toothbrush is one of the main defenses that we have against tooth decay and gingivitis. That being said, it makes sense to want to keep this item well cared for and maintained. Safely storing your toothbrush and your family’s toothbrushes away is an important part in keeping extra germs and contaminants away from your mouth.
Here are some things to remember when you go to store your toothbrush:
Let your Brush Breathe
Most families use those simple tooth brush holders to store their toothbrushes between usages. This is a great area to store toothbrushes since they are open containers that allow brushes the breathing room that they need. If left in a closed contained space, microbes and bacteria tend to form and grow faster.
Try and keep your toothbrush holder away from the toilet and sink. The toilet can create an aerosol effect with the particles of germs wafting through the air after flushing. Family storage should not be placed closed to the sink, where toothbrushes may be splashed with soap and dirt water from hand washing.
Make sure that every member of the family has a separate colored toothbrush, in order to distinguish the difference between them all. Sharing toothbrushes means sharing and swapping bacteria.
Call Ted Haines DDS today for an appointment for your family to keep those teeth and gums healthy! Call 360-568-8577 or visit the website at tedhainesdds.com.