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.
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.