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How to clean and disinfect your toothbrush

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How to clean and disinfect your toothbrush
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Brushing your teeth is an essential daily gesture that you should do up to two to three times a day. However, we often forget to clean our toothbrush. Cleaning our brush is very important as our mouth is naturally a real nest of microbes. And with the humidity of the bathroom and diseases that are caught (especially this season), it is not uncommon to find a large amount of bacteria and fungi, even mold on our toothbrushes. Unfortunately, a simple rinsing with hot water after brushing is not enough! An unclean toothbrush exposes us to contamination, especially in cases of weak immunity. If you want to have great personal hygiene, you must clean your teeth and your toothbrush! In this article we’ll give you a few simple tips to disinfect your toothbrush.

Basic maintenance techniques

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Of course we all know that it is important to rinse your toothbrush in hot water after brushing.  Nevertheless the maintenance of your brush doesn’t just stop there.  You need to always think about changing your tooth brush every three months to make sure it is just as effective and healthy.  You should also always try your brush with it’s bristles upwards and without contacting any other brushes.  By doing this you can avoid spreading bacteria and encouraging mold. You should also never cover your brush as this can create a humid atmosphere which bacteria adore… You should only uses these covers for travel. Finally, even if it’s “cute” and “romantic”, you should never share your brush with your partner or anyone else. This promotes the exchange of bacteria and diseases

Cleaning your toothbrush

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1) Mouth wash regularly

This is the most simple tip and is quick and practical with a product that is easily accessible.  It is made especially so as to reduce the amount of oral bacteria.  As a result you can also soak you brush in mouthwash for about thirty minutes to clean your brush.

2) Bicarbonate of soda

All you need to do is add two heaped teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda in to a glasses of warm water.  You then need to soak your brush overnight before rinsing so as to complete the cleaning process.

3) White vinegar

You can also mix very hot water with white vinegar to clean your toothbrush.  You can then leave brush to soak bristle side down in the water once per month so as to get rid of any microbes.  Afterward you can rinse your brush using cold water so as to not have the taste of vinegar in your mouth when you brush your teeth.

4) 3% Oxygenated water

You can also pour oxygenated water into a glass and leave your brush to soak over night.  Afterwars you can rinse your brush and then repeat once per month.

5) Use your cleaning appliances

The laziest of you will will be happy to know that you can simply put your toothbrush into the washing machine and leave the appliance to do the work disinfecting and cleaning the bush for you.  Otherwise you can always use the microwave solution!  You can put the toothbrush into a glass of water and then place everything in the microwave.  It is recommended that you leave you brush in the microwave for 1 minute at 600W once per week.

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