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How a Dishwasher Can Sanitize Your Toothbrush

Posted on 2/28/2019 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
How a Dishwasher Can Sanitize Your ToothbrushYou may have heard that it's important to sanitize your toothbrush. This is because bacteria can grow on your toothbrush and when this happens, it's counterproductive to maintaining good oral hygiene.

There are several ways you can do this today, including soaking your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash; storing your toothbrush in a small glass of hydrogen peroxide; boiling your toothbrush for three minutes in water; buying a UV toothbrush sanitizer to use. However, one of the most common and beneficial ways of doing this is by using your dishwasher, if you have one.

How to Sanitize Your Toothbrush in the Dishwasher

You can easily place your toothbrush in your dishwasher's silverware compartment. Once it's there you'll want to run your toothbrush through the hot water cycle. Make sure you don't use any soap when you do so though. Of course, it's important to realize that you should never run your electric toothbrush through your dishwasher in this way. This procedure will only work for your manual toothbrush.

When to Sanitize Your Toothbrush

According to the National Dental Association you should run your toothbrush through your dishwasher at least once a week. They also strongly urge you to replace your toothbrush with a new one once every three months. While many people will tell you that you should throw your toothbrush away after you've been sick, this isn't necessary if you thoroughly clean it once you're feeling better.

When you want to discuss issues like sanitizing your toothbrush with someone who's “in the know,” make sure you contact us. We're here to help you with all your oral health questions so you can take proper care of your hygiene at home. You simply need to set up a time when you can attend an appointment in our office to make this happen.
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