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10 Terrific Toothbrush Tips

10 Terrific Toothbrush Tips

1. For most people, a soft-bristled toothbrush is the safest and most comfortable choice. Medium- and hard-bristled brushes could actually damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel.
2. Dentists say your toothbrush should have a small head to allow it to reach all the corners of your mouth. The handle may be bright and colorful, but make sure it is also long and fits easily in your hand, like a fork.
3. Nylon bristles are softer than natural ones, so choose nylon over natural when buying a toothbrush.
4. Dentists recommend that brushing should last at least two minutes. Three is even better. (Most people fall way short of this duration.)
5. Research shows that though a single toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria, most of these are not dangerous. Thatís because toothpaste has a built-in anti-germ component, and the microbes need moisture to survive. Make sure you let the toothbrush dry after every use, or you might just be putting old bacteria back into your mouth each time you brush. Yikes!
6. To keep your toothbrush clean, you can soak it in alcohol or mouthwash. Another option is to dip it in boiling water for about 10 seconds.
7. Change your toothbrush… after every three months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Research shows that a new toothbrush can remove more plaque than one that’s worn out.
8. If youíve just recovered from a bout of cold or viral fever, replace your toothbrush. †Viruses that cause colds, flu, and fever blisters can survive for many days on toothbrushes.
9. Most toothbrushes are stored in the bathroom. Make sure yours isnít sitting too close to the toilet bowl. Flushing can toss bacteria up in the air, and they could land on that brush…
10. Time for your old toothbrush to be put away? Why not use it to clean hard-to-reach crevices and crannies in your home? I find them very handy for clothing stains, cleaning small trinkets, and scrubbing away the rings around the kitchen sink drain.



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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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10:44PM PDT on Aug 15, 2015

If you're sick, why can't you just use tip #6 instead of throwing your toothbrush out? Surely those methods would kill any cold or flu germs that would otherwise be lingering?

"6. To keep your toothbrush clean, you can soak it in alcohol or mouthwash. Another option is to dip it in boiling water for about 10 seconds."

4:59PM PST on Jan 11, 2015

thanks, but just because you have a cold or other illness doesn't mean you must replace can wash it in dishwasher or soak in "boiling water" and then wash with dish-soap and rinse well and keep using.........

try to find a brand that can be recycled or see if you can remove the bristles and recycle locally they are made of a plastic material

6:44PM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

thank you

2:48AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Thanks for the mouthwash soaking tip.

2:53AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Thank you :)

8:56AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

good to know we are changing ours often enough

5:32PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013


9:10AM PST on Feb 28, 2013


6:16AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:23PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Thanks for the info

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