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4 Tips to a Healthy Toothbrush

There are lots of microorganisms and bacteria living in your bathroom that could make a home for itself on your toothbrush. Whilst these bacterias might not all be dangerous, we would love to give you our 4 top tips on how to keep your toothbrush clean.

These are simple techniques that can be used to ensure your toothbrush does not start to look like a petri dish.

1. Keep your toothbrush dry

Bacteria needs water to grow and moisture can be a particularly common environment for bacteria to grow in. This is why we suggest you keep your toothbrush dry, sitting upright so the bristles can drain and possibly close to sunlight. 

2. Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet

It is advised to keep your toothbrush at least six feet away from the toilet. This is because when you flush it is possible that faecal particles are released into the air and this could end up on your toothbrush. To minimise the possibility of this we suggest keeping the toilet lid closed when you flush. 

3. Clean your toothbrush holder 

A study by the National Sanitation Foundation in 2011 discovered that a toothbrush holder is the third highest concentration of germs in a home. Try to wash your toothbrush holder once or twice a week with soap and antiseptic wipes. A sanitising wipe can remove 99.9% of germs.

4. Know when to get a new toothbrush

A great technique to keep germs off toothbrushes is to remember to replace them periodically or when you are sick. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends adults replace their toothbrushes every 3-4 months or once the bristles on the toothbrush becomes frayed. 

How many of these tips do you already do?  

Keep brushing twice a day and floss at least every night and we look forward to seeing you soon for your 6-monthly check up.

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