How to clean an electric toothbrushes properly
So that all early risers, globetrotters and night owls can enjoy their toothbrush for as long as possible, here are a few tips for the correct cleaning and storage of your electric toothbrush. Small teaser: The dishwasher is not one of them.
Clean me up, Scotty!
The daily cleaning of the electric toothbrush
Wash your hands!
Before you start brushing your teeth, wash your hands! Over the course of the day, an incredible amount of bacteria accumulates, especially on our hands, which would otherwise end up on our brush. Irgghh...
Clean after brushing
Once you have finished brushing, rinse your brush head and run tap water over the handpiece of your toothbrush, but only if it is waterproof! If this is not the case with your electric toothbrush, clean it with a damp cloth. This will prevent toothpaste residue from hardening on the device and becoming difficult to remove later. In any case, dry the handpiece well with a towel afterwards and shake the brush head so that it is not too wet.
Store the toothbrush correctly
Here, the electric toothbrush does not differ from a manual toothbrush. Store your toothbrush upright so that it can dry well in the air. A box is not the right place in this case! If you want your electric toothbrush and brush head to last a long time, fresh air is a priority. Furthermore, if there are several people in your household, make sure that your toothbrushes and brush heads do not touch each other - keyword: risk of disease transmission!
When does the brush head need to be changed?
For daily oral hygiene, it is not only important that we have a suitable toothbrush, but also that it is in good condition. For optimal cleaning, dentists recommend changing a toothbrush or toothbrush attachment at least every three months! We have summarised the whys and wherefores in our article on brush heads.
Exceptions confirm the rule
After an illness or infection, however, the brush should be replaced immediately to avoid further infections in the household. In addition, it is advisable for people with weak immune systems to change the toothbrush more often in case of illness.
A no-go: dishwasher, microwave & co.
The immune system of a healthy person protects very well against normal levels of germs. Therefore, special disinfectants or "tricks" such as cleaning in the dishwasher or microwave are not recommended for cleaning toothbrushes. In addition to contact with food residues and cleaning agents, high temperatures are not conducive to the longevity of toothbrushes, regardless of which ones they are. Denture cleaners, vinegar and the like also do not promote a well-functioning toothbrush.
An electric toothbrush cleans your teeth gently and particularly thoroughly. To ensure that the brush has a long life, regular cleaning should be a matter of routine. Rinsing under running water takes little time, but is effective. The result is healthy gums and teeth.
Oh, and by the way, even if you're not disgusted by it: Sharing your toothbrush with other people from time to time is not so smart, because it increases the risk of infection!
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