How to Sanitize your Toothbrush (and Keep from Getting Sick!)

Your toothbrush can become a breeding ground for germs, which is one reason why you ought to change it every 3 months. However, germs multiply in minutes, not months, and need to be cleaned between swaps. How do you keep your toothbrush clean? Here are some ideas.

  • Run your toothbrush through the dishwasher. You wash other plastic utensils in the dishwasher, so washing your toothbrush should be safe. If you are worried about it melting, however, make sure to wash it on a lower heat setting.
  • Soak your toothbrush head in alcohol. Rubbing alcohol will kill the germs, and if you let it air dry or rinse it with water afterwards you can brush immediately after. Rubbing alcohol does the job pretty quickly, but leave your toothbrush in a glass or bowl of it for at least a minute to assure sanitation.
  • Leave your toothbrush head in mouthwash. Because mouthwash is an antiseptic, it can kill germs as well. The alcohol content is lower, however, so leave your toothbrush head in the liquid for several minutes.
  • Use boiling water. If you dip your toothbrush or toothbrush head into boiling water for 5 to 10 seconds, it will effectively sanitize the bristles. This is an especially important way to get rid of illness like strep, boiling your toothbrush will help you get better faster.

Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, you ought to be changing the toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months. To understand why, read the article, “How often should I change my toothbrush?” Whether or not you use these sanitizing techniques, you ought to be rinsing your toothbrush with clean water every day to rinse germs out of your tooth brush.

Dr. Durrant is a dentist in Sugarhouse. Of these toothbrush cleaning techniques, he recommends soaking your toothbrush in mouthwash. “It gives your toothbrush a fresh taste,” he says. If you are looking for the best dentist in Sugarhouse, Dr. Durrant is your guy. However, if you are looking for the best dentist in Utah, any one of our Platinum Dental dentists could qualify. At Platinum Dental Care, we only hire the best doctors and staff to serve our patients in Utah. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist or general dentist in Utah, give Platinum Dental Care a call at 801-466-1212.