How To Sterilize a Toothbrush

It is widely a norm for an individual to brush their teeth twice daily. But as your toothbrush aids you to clean your mouth, have you thought of what cleans your toothbrush? There are various ways to clean your toothbrush. If you have the extra greens for this, here are some items worth considering:

1. Sterilizing through UV light. Though this may cost you a bit more, this method of cleaning your toothbrush is proven to be safe and is easy to use. Its germicidal effects is said to reach up to 99% reduction of germs. Some models in the market include key features such as portability and being lightweight.

2. Sterilizing by dry heat. This is considered to be a natural way of cleaning your toothbrush. This does not use any chemicals which is said to be safe yet effective. Its downside is that it takes longer time to induce the cleaning process - about 45 minutes. 

If purchasing sterilizing equipment is out of the option, then the following would be your best alternatives to sanitize your toothbrush:

1. Boiling. You can try boiling water on the stove and placing your toothbrush in it for a couple of minutes. But make sure that your toothbrush is made from good quality of plastic. Some toothbrushes are made from plastic that could be damaged or melt by this process. When this happens discard the brush at once.

2. Antibacterial mouthwash. Not only could it clean your mouth effectively, it could also aid in cleaning your brush as well. Just dip your toothbrush enough to cover the head or all of its bristles for about thirty seconds and it would have at least the same antibacterial action to your toothbrush.

3. Antiseptic cleaners. These are said to share the same principle as the mouthwash. Though comparatively mouthwash kills through its alcohol content, these solutions provide their antiseptic effects by spraying its contents rather than dipping the brush itself with it.

To maximize the effects of cleaning your brush here is a list of helpful reminders to take note of the following:

  • You should at least wash your hands before handling your toothbrush.
  • Keep in mind that the lifespan of a regular toothbrush is about three to four months. If what you have is an electric brush you should replace the head at a three to four months interval.
  • Do not brush on the kitchen sink. This is mainly due to the many germs, bacteria and viruses that thrive in that area.
  • Isolate a sick person's toothbrush from the rest of the pack. This is done to prevent transfer or disease causing organism from one brush to another.

You can be assured that the thing that you put in your mouth is as clean as it gets. Nothing beats a sterilized brush to compliment your clean mouth.

The best thing about this is in your simple effort you help stop the spread of disease in the family. After all, prevention is always said to be better than cure.


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