A Clean Toothbrush is a necessity if you want your teeth and gums to stay healthy. Regular brushing and flossing are enough to keep your teeth white but many people do not brush enough to get rid of plaque and the bacteria that causes cavities. If you do not brush enough, food particles can remain on your teeth and gums and become tartar. This will cause your teeth and gums to age faster and weaken over time. Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help prevent cavities but in the end, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
One of the most effective methods of keeping your mouth and teeth as clean as possible is using an electric toothbrush. You can find electric toothbrushes in most department stores and most supermarkets. The electric toothbrush works by having multiple bristles on the head of the brush which is curved and positioned in such a way that they touch the teeth at different times. The more bristles there are on your brush the more likely it is to remove plaque and bacteria. The main drawback to using an electric toothbrush is that it cannot be used if you have braces or if you have lost your teeth.
The best way to clean your toothbrush is to buy a sanitize and disinfect toothbrush. Several brands contain either salt or hydrogen peroxide as their main antibacterial agent. Typically, these products are applied to the bristles in the same way that you would apply other types of toothpaste. The active ingredient is usually in tablet form which is then dissolved in water and placed into a sanitizer bottle. The amount of sanitizing agent required varies depending on how much plaque you are trying to remove from your teeth.
Another effective way to ensure that your oral care efforts are effective is to soak your toothbrush in a solution that contains chlorine dioxide and hydrogen peroxide. This is the most sanitary way of cleaning your toothbrush because chlorine and hydrogen peroxide work together to kill any bacteria that may be present. The product that you choose should be labeled as containing chlorine dioxide or hydrogen peroxide, so you know exactly what to use when you are cleaning your brush.
Many dentists recommend soaking your toothbrush in a solution that contains mouthwash. The mouthwash that you choose should be specifically designated for killing any bacteria that may be present on the bristles of the toothbrush. To sanitize the toothbrush, dip it into the solution and allow it to sit for five minutes. Then rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. While this will kill any bacteria that might be on the brush, it is not a substitute for brushing your teeth properly, especially if you do not have a lot of time to devote to your oral care routine.
There is also toothpaste that you can purchase at the store that contains antibacterial ingredients. You should use these toothpaste when you first brush your teeth to get rid of any bacteria that might still be residing on your old toothbrush. They work just as well as the homemade toothpaste that you bought for killing the germs, but they are much easier to find. You can also find an electric toothbrush that will kill germs and bacteria. These electric toothbrushes are designed to reach those hard-to-reach areas around the edges of the teeth and gums that regular toothpaste cannot reach. You can purchase one of these electric toothbrushes for about $100, much less than the cost of buying a new toothbrush.