The American Dental Association recommends the correct way to care for your toothbrush is to rinse them thoroughly after use to remove any debris and paste. Store the toothbrush in an upright position and allow them to air dry. Storing a moist toothbrush in a closed container promotes microbial growth more so than leaving it exposed to the open air.
Here are a few mistakes you might be making:
Laying your toothbrush flat: You’re doing right by giving your toothbrush a good shake after brushing, but laying it flat on the counter allows any water that didn’t shake off the bristles to pool, creating a perfect environment for bacteria to grow.
Storing it close to the toilet: You’re storing it upright in a cup, so it’s not touching another brush — but just how close is your toothbrush in relation to your toilet? If your bathroom is small and you’ve got a powerful flusher, that toilet water could be coming dangerously close to your toothbrush (a 2005 study recorded toilet microorganisms’ long jump average to be around 2.7 feet, although some experts believe it could be as much as 6 feet from the bowl). So, if your vanity top is too close for comfort, consider a wall mounted holder that you can install a safe distance away from the toilet.
Keeping your toothbrush for too long: According to the ADA, toothbrushes should be replaced approximately ever 3-4 months or more of then if the bristles become matted or frayed. The effectiveness of the brush decreases as bristles become worn.
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