In case you have been lucky enough to avoid it, cold and flu season has arrived. If you want to remain lucky enough to keep it away, you need to take a few steps to keep extra germs from entering your body. One of the easiest ways for germs to get into your body is by way of your mouth. This can happen a lot of ways, but if your toothbrush is old and germy, that could be making you sick while you try and care for your mouth. Instead of getting sick, consider sanitizing your toothbrush.
How Should You Sanitize Your Toothbrush?
The easiest way to prevent extra germs from getting into your mouth is to make sure you brush with a sanitary toothbrush. You do not want to put old germs back into your mouth each time you brush. If you take the few minutes you need to sanitize your toothbrush, it can prevent you from getting sick, and prevent your oral health from declining due to excess plaque.
The easiest way most people find to sanitize their toothbrushes is to simply put it in the dishwasher weekly. This does not take but a minute to set in the top rack when you are running a normal load of dishes. Make sure you only do this with a traditional toothbrush or the head of an electric one. You never want to put an electric toothbrush base in the dishwasher.
Another option is to soak your toothbrush head. Some people prefer soaking the head in antibacterial mouthwash, while others prefer soaking it in hydrogen peroxide. No matter which you pick, make sure it always goes into fresh, clean liquid, and before brushing with a soaked toothbrush, make sure you rinse it really well. You do not want those liquids in your mouth with the germs floating in it. Rinse the toothbrush before using, plus rinse out the soaking cup. Pour in new liquid before storing again.
Boiling is another method that one can use to sanitize their toothbrush. It works well, and can be done anywhere from daily to weekly. You simply rest your toothbrush in a heat-safe container a few inches deep, and bring some water to a boil. Pour that boiling water over the toothbrush and let it rest for 3-5 minutes. Remove the toothbrush with tongs, and rinse under cool water. Be careful not to burn yourself during the process, or when disposing of the still warm water when you are done.
There Are UV Sterilizers You Can Use As Well
If these tactics do not sound realistic for you, then you can also but a UV sanitizer instead. With these units, you can place your toothbrush inside for the recommended amount of time, and have a sanitary toothbrush to use each time you go to brush your teeth. This keeps the germs in your mouth to a minimum, and it allows you to have the peace of mind that you are not nearly as likely to get sick.
To find out other dental tips, or to get extra sanitizing options, give our office a call. We will gladly talk to you about how to keep your mouth, and the rest of your body, safe during cold and flu season. Sanitizing your toothbrush helps, but you also need to make sure you are keeping up with your overall health and your oral health if you want to stay healthy this year. Come in and see us for your checkup and exam, and let us help you boost your oral health to, hopefully, allow you to avoid any major illnesses this time of year.