According to the American Dental Association, cleaning the toothbrush is unnecessary. This is because there is insufficient clinical evidence that bacteria growth on toothbrushes cause oral or systemic health issues. So, there is no need to worry about sterilizing your toothbrush. However, there are things you can do to keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, and our dentist, Dr. Tony Hatch & Dr. Shivi Gupta, is happy to give you those tips, which are:
Tip No. 1: Wash your toothbrush head with warm water after you brush your teeth.
Tip No. 2: Wait until your toothbrush bristles are dry before you place a toothbrush cover on the brush. However, a toothbrush cover isn’t necessary.
Tip No. 3: Store your toothbrush in an upright position to let it air dry, whether that’s in a toothbrush holder or a cup.
Tip No. 4: Replace your toothbrush when your bristles have frayed or every 3-4 months.
If you are still interested in cleaning your toothbrush even though it’s not something you need to worry about, go ahead. Just follow our instructions, which are: Place your toothbrush head in antibacterial mouthwash for 15 minutes. This will kill the bacteria on the brush. Don’t let the brush soak any longer than 15 minutes because it can ruin the bristles.
For more information and details about how to clean your toothbrush in San Diego, California, please reach out to Scripps Rock Dental at 858-530-0300. When you contact our dental office, our dental team will be thrilled to help you!