Safe dental care is important in ensuring good health. It is also a preventative measure for Coronavirus. Although Coronavirus or COVID-19 is transmitted from one person to another through your hands, it is important to practice good oral hygiene practice.
Thus, in addition to washing your hands, you also need to take care of your mouth, teeth, and gums. It makes sense to get into the habit of brushing your teeth and flossing after every meal. All of these habits contribute to your dental and overall health.
Your toothbrush can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria if not kept clean after every use. Thus, you need to practice the following steps to ensure the germ-free quality of your toothbrush:
1. Pour a 60-percent alcohol solution into a cup. Then, soak your toothbrush (including the handle) into it.
2. Boil your toothbrush to kill germs. It should be within 5 to 8 minutes.
3. In a full dishwasher, run your toothbrush for one cycle.
4. Rinse your toothbrush well in hot water. Do this after every use.
Hot water helps rinse away toothpaste where germs tend to cling on after you brush your teeth. Additionally, hot water also rinses away bacteria to ensure total cleanliness and sanitation of your toothbrush.
Proper Storage for Toothbrushes
What is the best way to store your toothbrush to keep it free from bacteria and germs?
1. Avoid placing your toothbrush in a closed cabinet or drawer. Damp areas are a breeding ground for bacteria.
2. As much as possible, do not use smallholders or travel containers that do not offer ventilation to your toothbrush. These covers are not easy to clean and sterilize.
3. If you share a toothbrush holder with another person, never allow the brush heads to touch. You should store your brushes separately in different holders.
How to Disinfect Toothbrush Containers
Make it a habit to disinfect toothbrush holders regularly. This practice helps prevent bacteria from remaining in the brush.
Run the trays and cups or other toothbrush containers through one cycle in your dishwasher. It is also best to place the brush in a secure holder instead of on your countertop.
Avoid placing your toothbrush near the toilet. Whenever you flush the toilet, aerosols are released into the air. These can go into your toothbrush and contaminate it.
If you get sick, be sure to replace your old toothbrush. Avoid using the same toothbrush after you have recovered from a bacterial or viral infection.
Once you have your new toothbrush, always practice safe dental hygiene such as the ones indicated above.
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