7 Tips to Clean your Bamboo Toothbrush and Prevent Germs
Did you know that the average human mouth contains millions of bacteria and germs, including on our teeth? As a result, it is natural that this bacterium can contaminate your bamboo toothbrush if it isn't looked after properly.
In addition to this, as disgusting as it sounds, bacteria and aerosolized faeces can be transferred from your toilet onto your toothbrush. When you flush your toilet, an effect called toilet plume can shoot these aerosolized particles up to 15ft in the air and they can land on your toothbrush.
These two factors combined mean that cleaning your toothbrush is incredibly important. If you want to improve your oral hygiene and ensure that your toothbrush is safe to use, we have listed 7 tips to clean your toothbrush and prevent germs!
Bamboo Toothbrush Cleaning Tips
Ideally, you should clean your teeth twice a day. It's a great idea to incorporate these simple tips into your daily cleaning regime:
1. Before use, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash
Never simply use your toothbrush straight away without cleaning it first. This is a simple process. You can use either an antibacterial mouthwash or a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water.
Poor either the mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide into a small cup. Next. Simply place your toothbrush into the solution and let it rest for several minutes. After this, swill your toothbrush in the solution and then rinse it with cold water before cleaning your teeth.
This will ensure that any bacteria are killed before you use the toothbrush.
2. Before use, wash your hands thoroughly
Before rinsing and using your toothbrush, it is also important to wash your hands. Our hands are magnets for bacteria – we touch many different surfaces and we can touch our faces hundreds of times each day.
If you do not wash your hands before using your toothbrush, you risk transferring harmful bacteria from your hands. Follow standard washing procedures. This includes washing your hands for 30 seconds and ensuring that all areas of your hands are scrubbed including fingernails, palms, and wrists.
3. After use, rinse with hydrogen peroxide
Once you have cleaned your teeth, it is then important to rinse your toothbrush again. Pour away the initial solution or antibacterial mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide and rinse the cup with water. Fill it again with fresh liquid and repeat the rinsing process like you did before you cleaned your teeth.
This ensures that any food and bacteria transferred from your mouth is rinsed off of your toothbrush.
4. Store your toothbrush upright and away from your sink/toilet
Finally, storing your toothbrush correctly is also important. If you do not store your toothbrush properly, it can easily pick up bacteria and dirt. Firstly, your toothbrush must be stored upright – with the bristles on top. This helps the bristles dry properly.
Secondly, it is recommended to store your toothbrush away from your toilet and sink. This will minimise the possibility of germs being transferred unwittingly from these areas.
Also, if you keep your toothbrush in a cup or holder, ensure that you clean the storage unit regularly too. Each time you deep-clean your toothbrush, clean the cup/storage holder too.
5. Use a UV toothbrush sanitizer
UV toothbrush sanitizers are handy tools that can greatly help improve the cleanliness of your toothbrush. These devices kill bacteria by breaking the molecular bonds that hold their DNA together.
UV sanitizers are relatively inexpensive and a great addition to your cleaning kit. Whenever you perform your deep clean, use the UV toothbrush sanitizer.
6. Boil your toothbrush in water
Aside from using a UV toothbrush sanitizer, we recommend boiling your toothbrush in boiling water for 15 minutes too.
Simply boil some water in your kettle and pour it into a small cup. Place your toothbrush bristles-down into the water and let it sit for 15 minutes. After this, remove your toothbrush and wipe off any excess water.
The boiled water should kill any bacteria and also help dislodge any small pieces of food that have become stuck in the bristles.
7. Replace your toothbrush every three months
Regardless of how often you clean your toothbrush, it will degrade over time. The bristles will eventually wear away, and continued usage will deteriorate the materials.
As a result, it is advisable to replace your toothbrush approximately every three months. This is common advice that dentists and healthcare specialists will confirm. By replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, you can minimise the build-up of bacteria further.
Aside from the above daily cleaning tips, you should perform a deep clean of your toothbrush once a week. This deep clean will not take longer than 15 minutes. Whilst your daily cleaning ritual should be sufficient, this deep clean will ensure that you remove any bacteria and food that may still be on your toothbrush:
If you maintain a regular cleaning regime, you can ensure that your toothbrush remains free from germs. You can then use it with confidence and keep your teeth and mouth healthy.