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Tooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

tooth brushTooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

Preventing the spread of germs and bacteria is commonly thought of when washing your hands. An orthodontist would like to point out that there is another crucial way to inhibit germs and bacteria from affecting our bodies and that is by letting your toothbrush dry.

Microorganisms are carried in everyone’s mouth. During brushing, these microbes pass to the toothbrush where they can remain as long as their environment allows them to. These microorganisms can include bacteria, which could cause oral infections, or cold and flu viruses that could potentially re-infect your body. By not allowing your toothbrush to dry thoroughly, you are encouraging the microbes to prosper by maintaining the environment just the way they need it: moist.

  • In order to keep germs and bacteria from thriving on your toothbrush, remember the following tips:
  • Store the toothbrush in an upright position so water drips off of the bristles.
  • Do not store them in a sealed container as restricted air flow and darkness allows germs to flourish.
  • Rinse your toothbrush under running water before storage to help remove as much bacteria as possible.
  • Replace your toothbrush altogether after being sick to avoid re-infection by any remaining bacteria.

There are many toothbrush cleansers on the market. Some health sites even advocate throwing your toothbrush into the dishwasher for sterilization. However, the American Dental Association warns against these methods. Soaking a toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash has been shown to decrease bacteria. If going through any process to disinfect your toothbrush, it should be checked for wear and tear more often than if just rinsing alone, especially if you also wear braces or invisalign as they can also wear down toothbrush bristles faster.

Germs and bacteria are hiding everywhere, waiting to strike. Take these steps to prevent them from hiding on your toothbrush. Let it dry! Your orthodontist can also offer tips to keeping your invisalign and your braces germ and bacteria free.

Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

Herrin – 618-997-1800
Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815


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