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Here is the dirty truth: Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs.

If you put your toothbrush under a microscope, what you would see would be shocking and disgusting.

It is quite likely that you would find a soup of Staphylococci, coliforms, pseudomonads, yeasts, intestinal bacteria and even fecal germs. As many as 10 million germs and bacteria can be found on a single toothbrush.

What is the proper way to clean your toothbrush to help remove germs?

  • Prior to brushing your teeth, wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash before you brush your teeth to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth.
  • Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with water after you brush to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris.
  • Soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Do store your toothbrush upright and in the open air. Do not put it in a closed container, as this creates a damp environment that is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles become frayed or worn–whichever comes first. Also, always replace it after an illness.