The uncomfortable, unhygienic truth about a dirty toothbrush

5 tips for keeping toothbrushes clean 

We all think about dental health and how to take care of our oral hygiene in the best way possible. We buy good toothbrushes, especially for our children, try to clean properly and floss our teeth. Oral hygiene done. Really? Have you ever thought about what happens after brushing your teeth, when you put down your toothbrush? 

There is a number of risks for the brush to collect germs and bacteria from and it’s worth to know how to avoid them.

1. Rinse 

The number one measure you must take is to rinse your toothbrush under the tap after the brush. Flush out all that plaque and bacteria you’ve just got rid off. 

2. Close the toilet lid 

The what? What has the toilet got to do with my toothbrush? A lot, actually. When you flush it, germs are being spread into the bathroom’s air and if your toothbrush is close to that toilet seat… you know what happens. There’s a reason why they’re built with a lid! 

3. Sharing is caring? 

Nope. At least, not with toothbrushes. Don’t use other family members’ toothbrushes and don’t store them too close to each other if you want to stop germ spread. 

4. Fresh air! 

Don’t keep the brush in a little box. Expose it to fresh air that allows it to dry. Less mould = less germs. 

5. Get a new brush! 

They don’t cost a lot of money and if you just think about the amount of bacteria that the brush is exposed to, it is only wise to get a new one regularly. Change electric toothbrush bristles after 90 days. And meanwhile, keep them dry and clean ;) 

Stick to these few easy rules if you want to avoid the spread of diseases staphylococci, diarrhea and even skin infections. But don’t panic. These are the worst case scenarios and unlikely to happen as long as you “play” and brush by the rules. 

To sum up, what is essential is the cleaning of the brush itself with warm water, to store it upright and dry, without touching other toothbrushes or sanitary installations in your bathroom.

But at this point bathroom problems don't end - what about the issue of getting children to brush their teeth properly in the first place?

Is there a parent that hasn't experienced bathroom tantrums when it comes to brushing teeth? 

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