How much do you think about your toothbrush? Sure, you do a good job of using it to brush your teeth, but have you ever wondered about the cleanliness of the trusty tool you use at least twice a day? Proper hygiene of this essential instrument is important to your oral care.
The office of Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA knows that our patients’ teeth are important to them. They think of us as the overseers of their oral health. We listen to their needs and collaborate with them to keep their oral hygiene in tip-top shape.
Your mouth is jammed-packed with six billion kinds of bacteria. Though not all strains are harmful, the ones that are can cause infections that lead to canker sores, oral thrush, gingivitis, oral herpes and periodontal disease. So, it’s only logical that your toothbrush can harbor those bacteria while not in use.
Toothbrush sanitizers exist. But even if sanitizers destroy almost 100 percent of bacteria, millions of them could stay behind because sanitizers don’t disinfect. But sanitizing your toothbrush is better than not sanitizing it, especially if you share a bathroom with other people.
There are three types of sanitizers. One alternates between steam and dry heat. The dry heat is the final cycle, so the toothbrush is left dry enough to prevent bacteria from forming. The second employs UV light to kill the bad stuff, while the third uses UV light and heat.
Sanitizers are available in a wide variety of shapes, prices and sizes. They can be rechargeable, battery-powered, free-standing, mounted to a wall and portable. Some accommodate one toothbrush, others hold several. Tip: Limit your choices to models approved by the FDA.
If you’d rather not use a sanitizer, you can always take these measures:
Thoroughly rinse the brush after each use, banishing leftover toothpaste and debris.
Wash your hands before handling your toothbrush.
Let your toothbrush airdry in an upright position away from other brushes, a toilet and a sink.
Immerse it in antimicrobial mouthwash for a few minutes or a combo of vinegar, water and baking soda for 30 minutes.
If you’re having any dental issues or need just a checkup and cleaning, Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA is here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.
By Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA
May 30, 2023