“The oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of microorganisms which can be transferred to a toothbrush during use,” says Dr. Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, assistant professor of periodontology in the school of dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

What is the proper way to clean your toothbrush to help remove germs?

To keep your brush working effectively, you should rinse it with hot water before and after brushing.  This removes airborne bacteria and dust  that may have settled on the brush before you use it, and clean off harmful bacteria after use.

Keep the brush dry and never store in a closed container.  A wet brush stored in a closed container will form the perfect environment for encouraging the growth of disease-causing bacteria.  The brush should be stored upright to allow drainage of any excess water.

There is no evidence that supports the need to completely sanitize your toothbrush by placing it in a microwave or dishwasher.  These techniques usually end up damaging your brush. A great way to keep your brush clean is to soak it in an antimicrobial mouthwash, then rinse and let it dry.

You should consider changing your brush every three to four months and if possible, throw away your brush after an illness to prevent re contamination.

Keeping your brush clean will aid in effective oral hygiene and reducing bad breath.

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