How Clean is Your Toothbrush?

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Tue, 09/30/2014

A new study has found that hollow-headed electric toothbrushes can carry up to 3,000 times the bacteria as their solid-headed counterparts, even when stored away from common bathroom contaminants. Unfortunately, most manufacturers do not distinguish between solid and hollow heads on toothbrush packaging, which can make it difficult to know which type you have.

To help keep your toothbrush as clean as possible, Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake recommends:

  • Storing your toothbrush in an upright position
  • Storing your toothbrush away from trashcans and toilets
  • Allowing your toothbrush to dry completely in between uses
  • Changing heads every two to three months

You can also disinfect your toothbrush by soaking the head in antiseptic mouthwash or a homemade mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. However, these steps should not be seen as an alternative to changing heads every few months.

While as many as 10 million bacteria have been found on some toothbrushes, most of these will not harm your oral health. Some of the bacteria discovered in this latest study are linked to systemic illness, though a direct link between bacteria on toothbrushes and larger health problems has not been established.

To learn more about maintaining optimal oral health, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and surrounding areas of California from our comfortable office in Fresno.