When was the last time you gave your toothbrush a good clean?
Any chance it looks a little like this?
The humble toothbrush may be responsible for cleaning our teeth, but there comes a time when you need to clean the toothbrush (including the base, handle and heads) itself.
The mouth is a gateway into your body and bacteria can reside on your brush and the brush head so it does not hurt to keep your brush clean.
Of course keeping the brush clean also helps prolong the life of the brush and reduces the chance of grime degrading the materials the brush is made out of.
You may not be as fussy as me, but personally I tend to rinse off my toothbrush and give it a wipe down every couple of days to remove any residue toothpaste and grime that builds up on the brush.
You may be a bit more particular and do it everyday.
How often you do it does not matter as long as you do it reasonably regularly.
Electric brushes from leading brands such as Oral-B and Philips are fully water resistant so you can rinse them under the tap without any worry of it affecting the operation of the brush.
For the most part, cold or warm water and a wipe with a cloth or towel will remove the excess grime. A cotton bud and even a toothpick can be useful for getting in harder to reach areas and for assisting in removing harder baked in grime.
For those particularly concerned about the hygiene of a toothbrush there is too the option of using sanitisers to ensure all germs and bacteria is cleaned off. You have the choice of specialised ones for toothbrushes such as the Philips Sonicare HX7990 Universal UV Brush Head Sanitiser or holders like this or indeed there are more generic options such as UV sanitisers found here that can be passed over the brush.
Failing to take care of your electric toothbrush potentially means you will not be getting the best clean with every brush.
If bristles get frayed or worn down, they won’t be as effective at removing plaque.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your toothbrush.
Daily Toothbrush Maintenance
- Rinse your toothbrush with tap water after use to remove toothpaste and debris.
- Don’t overbrush. Too much pressure on your toothbrush can cause the bristles to wear out more quickly and be less effective when cleaning.
- Store your toothbrush in an upright position to let it air-dry.
Ongoing Tips for Your Electric Toothbrush
- Replace your Oral-B Electric Toothbrush brush head every three months, The blue Indicator bristles will have faded halfway to white to remind you of this.
- Replace the brush head sooner than 3 months if the bristles are frayed and not in the tight formation as they were when the brush head was new.
- First time use will require a longer charger or up to 16 hours before the brush is fully charged and ready to use.
- Use a cotton bud, toothpick or mild detergent if necessary to help remove older, dried on grime and apply light pressure to remove it. Avoid doing damage to the plastic and rubber body of the brush.
- Whilst safe to leave on charge all the time. To get the very best battery life make sure at least every 6 months the brush is used until no charge is left, then re-charge. This will help extend the battery’s useful life.
Whatever your view or opinion on cleaning and sanitising your toothbrush I strongly recommend doing what you can to keep it clean, keep you healthy and prolong the life of your electric toothbrush.