Your toothbrush could be way dirtier than you think...
We all know oral hygiene is very important – but do you ever stop to think about how clean your toothbrush is?
Possibly not, as the British Dental Foundation has revealed the six most unhygienic mistakes that many people make when it comes to their toothbrushes. Here they are, along with our advice on how to keep your toothbrush squeaky clean!
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3. Using a toothbrush cover
‘Using a toothbrush cover may seem like a good idea but it’s actually a big mistake. The cover does not allow for the bristles to dry, creating a moist environment where bacteria can thrive.’
What to do instead: Toothbrushes should be rinsed to remove any toothpaste from the brush, and then stored in an upright position so that water can drain away from the head of the brush.
6. Not changing toothbrushes regularly enough
‘Worn-out toothbrushes cannot clean teeth properly and may damage gums. It’s important to change your toothbrush regularly – when bristles become splayed, you won’t get an adequate clean.’
What to do instead: Change your toothbrush every two to three months, or sooner if filaments become worn. It’s also a good idea to change them after an illness, such as a cold, to reduce re-infection.