You can do initial cleaning by holding the top of your toothbrush under the running tap water. This is good for starters, but it’s time for a deep clean if you have been using an electric toothbrush for a long time.
But, cleaning an electric toothbrush can be intimidating, which is why we are going to teach you how to do it stepwise.
- The first step to clean your toothbrush is to open it and separate the parts. It won’t only make the process easier but also increase the effectiveness.
- Use a paper towel or q tip. Q tips are perfect for cleaning the crevices and cleaning cloth with the work for the base.
- Dip them in the diluted mixture of vinegar and water, hold the machine, use a towel cloth to clean the depth.
- When the machine is clean, it’s time for the rest of the brush.
The tools that you need to clean electric toothbrushes are inexpensive and are available in each household. The best part about electric toothbrushes is that they’re not demanding. You can go weeks without cleaning it properly.
Besides a good cleaning of the electric brush, there are a few basic things that you can follow to take care of so there’s no grime or mould build-up.
The top part or head of your toothbrush with bristles is mostly clean because you wash it after use almost every day, but when you fit the brush into the stand, the water seeps in the machine and causes stains there.
- To avoid moisture in the machine, make sure your brush is completely dry when it’s standing upright.
- Another thing to ensure there are no germs in the toothbrush can go for a toothbrush sanitiser.
- It’s also advisable to clean the charging port because it can tarnish the toothbrush’s bottom. If there’s water in the toothbrush’s charging port, there’s a chance for accidents.
- Another major point to take care of is to keep your electric brush in a dry place.
- You need to make sure that you are not overly pressuring your toothbrush while brushing your teeth. The bristles can get rough, which may not help with deep cleaning.
- Always wash your toothbrush head so there is no toothpaste stuck in the bristles, which later can result in debris.
You brush your teeth to maintain your mouth’s hygiene, but it’s completely useless if your device is not hygienic or functional to support the best effectiveness.
It would help if you kept the hygiene tabs on by following these tips:
- You can have the best of both worlds (clean and functional toothbrushes) by replacing your toothbrush’s head every once in three months. This will not only help the advanced cleaning but also avoid the machine jam.
- You don’t have to wait for three months to change the toothbrush’s head if you notice that bristles are fraying or losing.
- When using the electric brush for the first time or after a long time, you will have to get the device fully charged. It may take 16 hours or more till the brush is ready to use.
- Talking of battery life, you must take care of the battery because an electric toothbrush will not work without that. So make sure that your battery is healthy and is always connected to the switch. Plus, do not use the brush when it’s under 10%, so the toothbrush can go for a long run.
- Whenever you see debris or dirt accumulating inside the brush or the bristles, please pick up the q tip or toothpick to get it clean right away, so it doesn’t add up, limiting the hygiene capabilities.
We know what to do and how to do it, but it’s more important to know ‘what not to do’ because that’s where most people miss out.
I know sharing is caring, but this rule doesn’t apply when we talk about toothbrushes. People share their toothbrushes with their kids and partners out of love, but it is extremely unhygienic.
When they are travelling and forget to bring their own toothbrush, most people borrow one from their friend’s or family members.
A person’s toothbrush has tiny food particles stuck in their brush when it’s not properly washed and when you borrow it, the germs transfer. BIG YIKES! I would suggest you have alternative solutions at hand when you are travelling.
Brushing twice a day is a good habit, but the maximum time you can do it is 2-4 minutes. Anything less or more than the advice will not help you in any way. In fact, over-brushing can be harmful not only to your tooth enamel but also to the toothbrush’s life.
We apply pressure to the brush, which damages the bristles. They start to lose their strength that restricts their cleaning capabilities. If you lose track of time, a handy tip is to use your phone’s timer or alarm to remind you to stop.
The toothbrush, like our teeth, is no exception when it comes to cleaning. It needs extra attention so it can stay functional for a longer time.
Putting your brush’s head in hot water, keeping it covered in the bathroom, or replacing the bowl in which you generally put it are basic hygiene practices to follow.
Since your mouth is the gateway to your body, anything that’s unhygienic passing through it can make you sick. So you must try to maintain the cleaning standards and educate others about it.