Fall weather is here to stay, and that means germs are all around us. Bacteria that could lead to cold and flu illnesses may make their home on your toothbrush, which is why dental professionals suggest cleaning your toothbrush every week as a precaution.
Here are a few ways you can easily disinfect your toothbrush.
- Fill a small cup with an antibacterial mouthwash. Place the bristles of your toothbrush into the cup and let it soak for 15 minutes – any longer could damage the bristles. Remove and rinse.
- Store your toothbrush in a small cup of hydrogen peroxide overnight. Hydrogen peroxide won’t damage the bristles as easily as antibacterial mouthwash would, so overnight soaking is safe. Remove and rinse your toothbrush the next morning.
- In a small pot, boil water. Place your toothbrush in the boiling water for about three minutes. This should be enough time to disinfect the bristles.
- Place your toothbrush in the silverware compartment of your dishwasher and run the dishwasher on hot without soap.
If you use an electric toothbrush, the heads can be cleaned and disinfected in the same way as a conventional toothbrush.
Your mouth houses millions of bacteria, so it’s essential to clean your toothbrush regularly. Another tip to remember? Dentists say you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Get out and enjoy the fall weather, without the consequences!