There is lots of confusion about how to care for toothbrush as these are the mode of brushing teeth for good oral health. How will the infected toothbrush be able to clean teeth and keep them away from germs? Point to ponder for those, who keep toothbrush carelessly as if its hygiene is not required at all.
When one finishes brushing teeth, toothbrush is left wet and moist surfaces are the best place for bugs to stay on. Hence, one should take efforts to keep the toothbrush dry for best hygiene practices. Toothbrush needs to be fully dried, for keeping them completely clean and non-infectious.
Important Steps To Consider For Keeping Toothbrush Dry
Toothbrush after use will not get dried soon and it is best to keep it in upright position, in open space like toothbrush holder, with holes for air to pass through, for effective drying. Keeping it in upright form is the quickest way of drying the toothbrush and drying is essential for keeping it clean.
Then, toothbrushes are no more breeding grounds for fungus, germs or bacteria that may get build up with time, making toothbrush a source of infection. Prior to drying the toothbrush, wash it vigorously under fresh water to remove any germs that have been removed from mouth, during dental cleaning.
Moisture Free Storage Place
Never store toothbrush in moist places like bathrooms as in warm and moist places, many airborne bacteria are present that will infect the toothbrushes most likely.
Store toothbrushes in open place and if possible, at place where they get exposed to some sunlight too. Sunlight kills all residual microbes that might have left over the toothbrush and keep them dry and germ free.
Avoid Contact From Other Brushes
In addition, to keeping the toothbrush dry, also take care that toothbrush does not mingle with other toothbrushes, standing there in holder. This will prevent flu and cold viruses from passing from brush to brush and also avoids catching moisture from the wet brushes.
Make use of holder with individual positioning for each toothbrush, with enough spacing in-between, to avoid cross contaminating each other. This will also ensure that toothbrush is saved from getting infected from other persons, who are not keen in making it a habit to keep their brushes dry and clean.
Extra Care During Monsoon/Moisture Season
It is the time, when moisture surrounds all over the place and toothbrushes are no exception. To ensure drying of toothbrush, one needs to air-dry it under the fan. Humid weather is the most infectious prone period, so make sure to keep toothbrush dry and avoid oral infections.
Following simple caring measures, helps to keep toothbrush dry and saved from any moisture as well as infection. Additionally, for oral hygiene, replace toothbrushes every three to four months as they undergo usual wear and tear, with daily use and do replace toothbrush after illness like flu or cold to prevent re-infection of the disease. According to CDC (centers for disease control), proper toothbrush care helps to keep away majority of microorganisms and control spread of disease. It is our responsibility to be part of it to keep diseases away.