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If You Are Cleaning Your Teeth, Who Is Cleaning Your Toothbrush? | Amoils.com

Added November 19, 2011, Under: Children's Health, Dental Care, Health

Keeping our teeth clean seems to get more complicated as the years go by. Now we have to worry about keeping our toothbrushes clean too as they can be a breeding grounds for germs.

Here are a few different ways to keep the bacteria at bay

One method is to have three toothbrushes per member of the family and to rotate them, allowing each toothbrush to sit for 24 hours after it has dried out. How you go about introducing such a system with 3 toothbrushes on the go, and different members of the family using them, is up to you. But it sounds complicated.

Another way is to soak your toothbrush in white vinegar every two weeks as vinegar is great for killing off most molds, germs and bacteria.

Some people are all for throwing away and replacing their toothbrush every month but this is not very eco- friendly. Dental experts generally recommend changing your toothbrush every three or four months or more often if the bristles become frayed. Some children can be harder on their toothbrushes than adults. Not sure why – perhaps they bite and chew on them a lot?

Toothbrush packaging

New toothbrushes are not required to be sold in a sterile package so be aware that they could be contaminated even when they are new. Give a new toothbrush a good wash and perhaps it would make sense to use the vinegar trick.

Toothbrushes can become contaminated with bacteria both from our mouths when we are cleaning our teeth and from the environment when stored. You will often read how you should always cover your toothbrush when it is stored and to place it as far as possible from the toilet area because of airborne germs. Always making sure to close the toilet lid before flushing will drastically cut down on such airborne germs. Others will say that covering a toothbrush keeps it moist and makes it more susceptible to mold and bacteria. So you have a choice to make there.

Be wary of using a dishwasher or microwave oven to clean your toothbrush because of possible damage to the bristles.

Commercial toothbrush cleaners

There are commercial toothbrush sanitizers available and you might find it worth while to investigate these. One I came across is the Violight which claims to stop bacteria microorganisms dead in their tracks by using a germicidal UV bulb to kill germs. The sanitizer comes in an egg shaped container and you pop in your brush and a blue-violet glow lets you know the sanitizer is working. After a few minutes, the bulb automatically shuts off and your tooth brush is fresh, clean, protected and ready for the next time you brush. There are versions for children to use too.

Remember the following toothbrush rules

  • Always use a natural toothpaste rather than a commercial toothpaste for your health and safety and that of your children.
  • Don’t share toothbrushes.
  • Thoroughly rinse the toothbrush with tap water after use to remove any toothpaste and debris.
  • Store the toothbrush in an upright position if possible and allow it to air-dry.
  • When storing more than one brush, keep them separated so that germs are not transferred from one brush to another.
  • Don’t routinely cover or store toothbrushes in closed containers as a moist environment helps the growth of most germs.
  • Replace your toothbrush regularly when the bristles start to look worn. If you use an electric toothbrush, then change the heads when there is sign of wear and tear. Electric toothbrushes come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges too so do your own investigation as to the best model for you and your family. An electric toothbrush does do a good and thorough job of teeth cleaning.
  • Always choose a soft bristle toothbrush so as not to harm your teeth enamel.
  • If you have a cold sore on the lip or mouth, throw away your toothbrush at the beginning of an outbreak, again halfway through the healing process and then finally when the cold sore has completely healed. Although it means 3 new toothbrushes in a matter of days, It is safer to do this to avoid re-contaminating yourself,  Cold sores are so contagious.

And a final suggestion is that oil pulling is a great way to keep your mouth clean and your teeth healthy and white.

 

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