Ever wonder about the best way to care for your toothbrush? It’s pretty simple, really, and you’ll be in good shape if you follow these basic steps:
1) No sharing. Don’t get us started on the enormous bacterial exchange that happens when you share a toothbrush. Just say no.
2) Rinse thoroughly. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush well.
3) Store upright. Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow it to dry thoroughly. Separate it from other toothbrushes to avoid cross-contamination.
4) Avoid closed containers. Don’t store toothbrushes in closed containers that will promote bacterial growth; a toothbrush needs the open air.
5) Replace every 3 months. Toothbrushes wear out, bristles become frayed with use, and their ability to clean effectively diminishes. The best rule is to replace a toothbrush every 3-4 months.