One of your greatest weapons to combat oral disease can harbor bacteria that can make you sick. That is why being diligent in keeping your toothbrush clean is very important and a great habit to get into, along with actually brushing & flossing. You use an
electric toothbrush and your mouth feels clean. You go back to a manual toothbrush and your mouth feels as if it’s been wiped by a silly bristly thing that’s spread plaque all over your teeth. But I do have an issue with this miracle appliance: cleaning it makes me feel sick. You can stop reading right now if spit makes you anxious. But I wouldn’t because if spit does make you anxious and you have an electric toothbrush, you’l need to know a way to store it that doesn’t involve something running down or through the brush to form a brownish circle on the charger (vomit!) should you store the brush on the charger as I do.
I now follow this five step routine to ensure both cleanliness of mouth and brush without incurring nausea.
1. After flossing, brush teeth for for two minutes covering all surfaces and rinse.
2. Leave the tooth brush running, immediately hold the head under running warm water (cold doesn’t do it).
3. Turn the brush off, remove the head and run the handle under warm running water, taking care to get rid of all toothpaste, then wipe clean.
4. If you store on the charger wipe the charger base daily with detergent on a damp cloth, keeping your eyes closed if necessary.
5. However you store the brush, it should be upright and dry.
After each time you brush your teeth, be sure to rinse the toothbrush head thoroughly, getting rid of excess toothpaste or food bits from your mouth. Once a month or so, soak your toothbrush head in a solution of bleach and water (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) for a hour or so. Rinse thoroughly. Wipe the base of the toothbrush head with a clean white cloth dipped in the bleach solution (do this before soaking the toothbrush head). When the toothbrush bristles start to splay open, it is time for a new toothbrush if you have the one piece electric toothbrush or new toothbrush head if you have the two piece kind.
How to clean an electric toothbrush handle
Because the handle is an electrical appliance, it should not be submerged in liquid. Using a bleach and water mixture, dampen a small area of a clean white cloth. Wipe all over the handle. Dip a cotton swab in the bleach and water mixture and wipe out the area where the toothbrush head attaches to the handle (for a two piece toothbrush).
By using your electric toothbrush properly and taking care of it, including learning how to clean an electric toothbrush, you can be sure to get the longest life out of it.