You use your electric toothbrush at least twice a day for two minutes to clean your teeth and gums from plaque and bacteria, but how often do you clean your toothbrush? You may rinse your toothbrush with water after each use which can help keep it looking clean, but it will need cleaning thoroughly to get rid of the bacteria on it.
Most people keep their toothbrushes in the bathroom too, and this is one room in the home where bacteria likes to linger. If you are wondering how to clean an electric toothbrush, keep reading as we are going to look at the different ways in this post.
Cleaning the electric toothbrush head
Rinse the toothbrush before and after each use
A good way to frequently sanitize your electric toothbrush is to rinse the head with hot tap water before and after each use. Bacteria can collect on the toothbrush between uses so give the bristles a thorough rinse, this will also help clear away any residue toothpaste or grime from previous use.
Some people may be wary about rinsing an electric toothbrush with water but the majority of leading brands make their toothbrushes water-resistant so you can clean it knowing that the operation of the toothbrush will not be affected.
Use antibacterial mouthwash to soak it
Although there is no clinical evidence to show that soaking your toothbrush head in antibacterial mouthwash is beneficial, it can bring some comfort to people knowing the toothbrush is being cleaned in addition to rinsing it in hot water.
Simply place your toothbrush head in a cup of mouthwash for approximately two minutes after you have finished brushing your teeth to help clear off any bacteria. Try to avoid using the same cup each time.
Cleaning your electric toothbrush head this way can wear it out much quicker though, as the antibacterial mouthwash contains strong chemicals that can leave the bristles on the toothbrush worn.
At Sonisk, our toothbrush features antimicrobial technology, reducing microbes, including bacteria and viruses, on the surface of the product. The antimicrobial vibrating bristles of the Sonisk Pulse clean even hard to reach surfaces, and the neat cap keeps your brush germ free and ready to go!
Storing your electric toothbrush
Keep toothbrushes apart
Living with other people can result in toothbrushes being placed next to each other, but this can cause bacterial cross-contamination. If you can, try to keep your electric toothbrush away from other people’s toothbrushes. You can use separate cups to store them or keep them a few inches apart to avoid the bristles from touching.
Use a toothbrush holder
A good way to prevent bacteria from getting on your toothbrush is by keeping it covered with a holder. Before placing the toothbrush in the holder, let it air dry as covering a wet toothbrush can cause more bacteria.
Move the toothbrush away from the toilet
Try to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as you possibly can. Ideally, store your toothbrush in a medicine cabinet. Each time the toilet is flushed, fecal matters get in the air and can spread harmful bacteria on your bathroom surfaces, including your toothbrush. This is why it’s important to keep it away from the toilet area.
At Sonisk, our electric toothbrush has a neat cap that keeps your electric toothbrush germ free and ready to go!
Following these steps outlined in this post can help keep your electric toothbrush as clean as possible and allow it to be stored properly reducing the risk of bacteria getting on it.