Unless you live in a mansion, your toothbrush is in the same room as your toilet, sink and tub. Here’s some food for thought. If you can reach your toothbrush while doing your business, chances are airborne faecal particles can reach it too. Storing your toothbrush not too close to your toilet seat is one of the easiest ways to keep it clean. Another way to minimise the “aerosol effect” caused by flushing is putting the lid down when you flush.
We understand how you might think the bathroom cabinet is a great spot to keep your trusty mate shielded from bathroom gunk. But storing a damp toothbrush in an enclosed space creates a warm and humid environment i.e. the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. So, in an attempt to solve one problem, you are creating a new one.
The counter makes a good spot as long as the toothbrush is placed away from the sink where soap and water from hand washing can’t reach it. No need to consider a redesign if you are not blessed with the luxury of counter space. Just get a wall-mounted toothbrush holder (or two if you are a family), and place it well above the sink. Problem solved!
Dentists recommend storing toothbrush in an upright position, without touching any other toothbrush heads, in open allowing it to air dry. Make sure you rinse it well and give it a good shake to get rid of excess water after every use, before putting it away.
You can do the following to disinfect your toothbrush
- Run hot water over it before and after each use
- Soak it in antibacterial mouthwash for about 2 minutes
- Get two toothbrushes - to use one while the other dries
- Use a UV toothbrush sanitizer
Irrespective of the measures you take to keep your toothbrush clean, it needs to be replaced periodically. Dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles appear worn-out. You should also replace your toothbrush after you have been sick to avoid the risk of reinfection or transmission to family members.
This article is intended to promote understanding and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have.