Does Your Toothbrush Dry Out Between Uses?

Posted on 5/20/2019 by Harry Albers, DDS
Does Your Toothbrush Dry Out Between Uses?You know that you are supposed to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, it's part of a good oral health plan. But did you know that your toothbrush needs to dry out between the time you brush your teeth in the morning and the time you go to bed at night?

It turns out that allowing your toothbrush to dry out in between brushings is best for your oral health. Keep reading for the information on how to make sure your toothbrush dries out in between brushings.

Toothbrushes and Dry Air

There is really only one reason you need to make sure your toothbrushes are dry in between brushes, and that is bacteria. If your toothbrush never dries out in between the times you brush them, this allows bacteria to form, and that is not a good thing. Your mouth is full of bacteria, which inevitably end up on your toothbrush.

If your toothbrush dries out in between brushings, many of the bacteria die on the brush, and are then rinsed off with the water. However, if your toothbrush never dries out, bacteria can grow and multiply. When that happens, instead of you brushing bacteria off your teeth, you are adding bacteria onto your teeth- and that is never good.

You can prevent additional bacteria on your toothbrush by replacing your toothbrush every three months. Also, make sure your toothbrush is free of toothpaste when you are finished brushing. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly, and then place the brush in a location that allows it to dry.

If you have questions about your teeth, and how to keep them strong and healthy, or how to keep your toothbrush clean and fresh, why not give us a call? We love to discuss oral health, and we love to keep people as healthy as possible.

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