How to Clean and Store Your Toothbrush

When you think about it, our toothbrush spends a lot of time in our mouth over the course of a lifetime. It also accumulates a lot of germs. While there are plenty of toothbrush holders out there that enable the whole family to put each toothbrush in its place, the American Dental Association warns that this might not be the best situation. Our toothbrushes are full of a variety of germs and it’s best to let them dry out after each use. It’s also important to use a new toothbrush each time you’re sick. The video below offers more guidance on how you should clean and store your toothbrush:


“After you finish brushing your teeth, make sure you rinse any toothpaste and anything off of the toothbrush very well with a stream of water. Tap it to shake off the excess water, and then put it standing upright so that it’s in the open air and not touching another toothbrush or anything else in the bathroom. If the toothbrush sits up and the bristles dry out in the air between the time you used it and next time, that will let all the bacteria die off on the brush and you’ll be nice and safe and clean next time you need it.”

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