1. Don’t store your toothbrush near the toilet. Studies show that fecal matter and microbes can spray about 6 feet when you flush the toilet. Enough said.
2. Don’t try to sanitize your toothbrush: When placing your toothbrush in the microwave or dishwasher, it could damage the toothbrush, especially the nylon brush bristles. The best thing is to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3-4 months or after you have had a cold.
3. Don’t store your toothbrush in a closed container: It is important that your toothbrush dries out. Dark, moist environments encourage bacterial growth which is not good. If you put a cover on it, make sure there are holes for the moisture to dry out.
4. Don’t share your toothbrush…even with family members: Cavity and gum disease causing bacteria can spread to another person. Sharing is caring, but not when it comes to your toothbrush.
5. Don’t put your toothbrush back without rinsing. Toothpaste and debris can be breeding grounds for germs. It is important to thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with water before placing it back.