Keeping a toothbrush in the bathroom can create potential hygiene problems, but the degree of risk may vary depending on the specific bathroom environment and your habits. For many people, it is convenient to store a toothbrush in the bathroom, since this is where they usually brush their teeth, reports MEDIKFORUM. RU. However, dentist Anna Kharisova warns that the bathroom can be a source of “fecal particles” that can get on your brush.
To reduce the risk of your toothbrush becoming infected with germs, you can follow these recommendations:
- Rinse the brush thoroughly before use: Before use, the brush should be rinsed well under running water to remove any possible dirt.
- Store upright and separate: Place the brush upright in a stand or glass so it can air dry thoroughly. Make sure it doesn’t touch other toothbrushes to avoid cross-contamination.
- Change your brush regularly: Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months, or even more often if the bristles are worn out. This will help ensure efficient and hygienic cleaning.
- Close the toilet lid: If you can, close the toilet lid before flushing to minimize the spread of airborne germs.
- Use a Brush Cover: Consider using a toothbrush cover to provide ventilation and protect it from bathroom contaminants.
- Regular Cleaning: Clean your toothbrush holder or cup regularly to prevent bacteria and mold buildup.
The ideal place to store a toothbrush, according to dentists, would be a dry place outside the bathroom, such as a bedroom or a special toothbrush cabinet. If you must store it in the bathroom, try to keep the brush as far away from the toilet as possible and follow the guidelines above to reduce the risk of infection.