“Do I Need to Sanitize My Toothbrush?”

Many patients inquire about how they should take care of their toothbrushes. For our patients wondering about toothbrush replacement and storage guidelines, our staff answers commonly asked questions below that are in accordance with the American Dental Association’s guidelines.

Should I Buy a Special Solution to Sanitize My Toothbrush?

At the least, we recommend that you wash your toothbrush with warm tap water after each use and remove any remnants of toothpaste. The ADA states this is an efficient way to keep your brush clean between replacements. Special sanitizing solutions are not necessary. Some patients choose to soak their brush in antiseptic mouthwash for thirty minutes; however, this is a personal choice. To be on the safe side, avoid sharing a toothbrush with anyone else—including family.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

We recommend that you replace your toothbrush at least every three to four months. However, you should inspect your toothbrush every few weeks to check if it is worn out. If your bristles are frayed you should replace your toothbrush.

Should I Place My Toothbrush in a Special Container?

This depends on your circumstance. If you are at home, it is best to leave your toothbrush in an upright position. You want your toothbrush to dry completely in between uses so avoid placing your brush in a closed container. Closed containers create a moist environment that bacteria thrive in. However, if you are traveling, the ADA recommends keeping your brush in a travel container with small holes in it.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Buy?

We recommend that you purchase a soft-bristled brush with the ADA seal of approval. The packaging will indicate whether or not the brush is ADA accepted.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. James Fondriest, contact Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from Glenview, Winnetka, Highland Park, Lake Forest, North Shore, and the surrounding Chicago neighborhoods.

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