How do you store your toothbrush when it is not being used?  Did you know that not storing your toothbrush correctly can cause bacteria to grow on it?

Airborne Particles

Toothbrushes should be kept at least six feet away from the toilet because when the toilet is flushed, particles can travel airborne up to six feet and can contaminate your toothbrush. Closing the toilet lid before flushing can help lessen the amount of particles that are made airborne.  Another practice that can help prevent this is to store your toothbrush in a drawer or medicine cabinet once it is dry after use.

Storing Your Toothbrush

Placing a cap or toothbrush cover on your toothbrush can trap moisture on it and can cause bacteria to grow. Placing your toothbrush upright after use will help allow water and trapped debris to drain away from the brush head.

Toothbrush Replacement

In addition to storing your toothbrush correctly it is important to replace it ever 3-4 months or even sooner if fraying occurs in the bristles. Children’s toothbrushes are often needed to be replaced more often than adults because of their rigorous brushing. Toothbrushes should also be replaced after you have been sick with a cold or flu or have had a mouth or throat infection so that you do not re-expose yourself to the illness.

At Sala Family Dentistry, your oral health is important to us, but without proper oral health education, your entire health can be impacted. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us, we’re here to help!



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