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How to Sanitize a Toothbrush

June 13, 2011

Filed under: Dental Care — admin @ 9:41 am

Your toothbrush harbors over 100 million bacteria.

Two sources of cross-contamination are:

  • Your toilet
  • Someone else’s toothbrush.

Of course, there’s no way to keep your toothbrush 100% bacteria-free. After all, your mouth naturally contains bacteria. It’s the cross-contamination that comes from outside sources that pose the biggest risk to your dental health.

So, what can you do to reduce your risk?

  • Close the toilet lid when you flush.
  • After an illness, discard your toothbrush and start with a fresh one.
  • Boil your toothbrush for about five minutes, which will kill most bacteria, however it can wear out your toothbrush faster.
  • Put your toothbrush in the dishwasher and use dish washing soap with bleach. The high heat in the washer, along with the heavy duty soap, will thoroughly clean your toothbrush.
  • Soak your toothbrush in 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and 97 percent water at least once a week.

Schedule your hygiene appointment at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design by calling 719-599-0700.

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