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You may think that your toothbrush is sanitary because you rinse it everyday. Besides, toothpaste has cleansers in it, right? While there is some truth to that, the fact of the matter is that millions of germs of all types can remain on a toothbrush if proper precautions are not taken. Here are some tips to keep your toothbrush sanitary.

Air it out. If you’re using your toothbrush at least twice a day, as is recommended, and you’re keeping it somewhere that has moisture in the air, like a bathroom, then there is a good chance that your toothbrush is wet all the time. One of the best ways to kill bacteria and mold on a toothbrush it is to dry it out.

Keep it isolated from other toothbrushes. Many bathrooms in homes or apartments have toothbrush holders affixed to the wall, or a communal toothbrush glass where everyone stores their toothbrush. This idea needs to be rethought. Contact between toothbrushes is a chance for everyone to share their germs and illnesses with each other. Find a place where you can store yours away from others. A caveat to this advice is when it comes to toothbrush containers that are airtight. Remember the previous advice above about airing out your toothbrush and don’t keep a wet toothbrush where it will remain wet and grow moldy.

Rinse out your toothbrush for a few minutes under warm water after each use. Use a drop of antibacterial soap if you like for good measure, and then remove as much of the water as you can by dabbing it on a hand towel and/or flicking the bristles.

If you’re interested in learning more about oral health, call Dr. Abbas Nejad and our helpful team at Abbas Nejad DDS. Phone: 602-237-7878 . Make an appointment or come by our office in Laveen, Arizona.