Is There a Need to Sanitize Your Toothbrush?


Posted on 12/15/2019 by Roberta Cerveny, DDS
Is There a Need to Sanitize Your Toothbrush?Some studies have shown that toothbrushes can harbor fecal matter simply due to where they sit. This is especially true when they are stored in the bathroom and left uncovered.

What happens is when the toilet is flushed, it sprays a mist all over the bathroom and into the air, which results in particles and germs making it onto every surface of your toothbrush. This compounded with the general damp and humid environment of the bathroom can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

How to Impede Bacteria Growth

The easiest thing to do is to store the toothbrush somewhere else other than the bathroom. Most of us keep it there since this is where we use it the most. To prevent the spread of germs from the bathroom, it could be stored in another room altogether. Another option is to use a toothbrush specific cover that can protect the bristles from coming in contact with anything that is contaminated in the air.

If neither of those is something that you are willing or able to do, it is best to keep the brush far away from the toilet and in a holder that can keep it standing up and allowed to air dry. A combination of these tactics, or even just one, can be the difference between bacterial growth or a clean brush.

Sanitizing Your Toothbrush

Sanitizing is a great idea, especially when someone in the family is sick, but sanitizing can also help when it comes to dental health and peace of mind. There are ultraviolet sanitizers on the market designed specifically for toothbrushes. When purchasing one, be sure that it is FDA approved. Also, make sure to routinely inspect the brush to be sure the light is not damaging the bristles.

A great option though is to use an antibacterial mouthwash and allow the brush to sit in it for about 15 minutes. This will kill 99% of the germs and leave your brush almost as good as new. Also, remember to always replace your brush every 3 to 4 months to help prevent bacteria from building upon it.

If you still have questions about sanitizing and how it can improve your dental routine, call our office to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to discuss this and teach you the benefits of routinely sanitizing your toothbrush.

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