How to store your toothbrush heads
The do’s and don’ts of toothbrush storage
There are three important things you should stick to when you consider how to store your toothbrush
- Keep your toothbrush heads clean
- Dry your toothbrush heads before storing
- Store your toothbrush heads upright
Keep your toothbrush heads clean – rinse thoroughly!
It is fairly obvious but many people forget how important it is to clean your toothbrush thoroughly before you store it.
Leaving toothpaste residue on the brush and even worse, remnants of what you have just cleaned off of your teeth can be very harmful.
Always rinse your electric toothbrush head thoroughly under hot water before and after use. This will both remove any toothpaste and food residue but also help to kill off any bacteria that may be on the brush after brushing or that may have gathered on the brush whilst in storage.
To make sure all residue is washed off, use your fingers to rub the bristles whilst rinsing under the tap.
Dry your toothbrush heads before storing
Medical research has proven that bacteria that cause gum diseases are anaerobic and thrive in a low oxygen environment. However, these bacteria can be killed by exposure to air.
Ensuring your toothbrush is dried between brushing will help kill bacteria that cause gum disease.
When you are considering how to store your toothbrush heads, beware of covered containers where the toothbrush heads will not receive adequate exposure to oxygen.
In a closed container, the toothbrush head bristles may also come in contact with the walls of the container that may contaminate the toothbrushes.
Toothbrush heads can be dried by simply shaking the majority of the moisture away. You may also choose to press the heads dry in a clean towel.
Store your toothbrush heads upright
It will be difficult to remove every bit of residual moisture when drying your toothbrush head so to avoid moisture remaining in the bristles, avoid a toothbrush holder that holds the toothbrush heads upside down.
Storing your toothbrush heads in an upright toothbrush holder (bristle end up) after use is very important.