Your toothbrush is supposed to keep your teeth clean, but only if stored properly to reduce growing bacteria and sharing germs! Here are some tips for toothbrush care and storage:
Don’t share your toothbrush: Sharing a toothbrush not only shares germs that causes cavities, but also germs that causes other illnesses as well! Don’t store your toothbrush in the same container as other family members. Each person should have their own toothbrush.
Rinse your toothbrush after each use: Running your toothbrush under water will remove excess food, toothpaste, and other unmentionables from your brush between uses.
Store your toothbrush in an open-air container: A wet toothbrush in a sealed container will help bacteria grow, multiply, and thrive – yuck!
Sick? Toss it: If you’re sick, go ahead and replace your toothbrush.
Do not store your toothbrush next to the toilet or anywhere else that is dirty: A steamy shower will help bacteria, fungi, and yeast thrive. A flushed toilet aerosolizes bacteria. Enough said.
Change your toothbrush every 3 months: Not only do bristles become worn out and less effective, the damaged bristles can also harbor more bacteria.