There are over 7 billion people in the world, majority of them will use a toothbrush to keep their teeth clean and to keep up oral hygiene. But ask yourself this question, how often do you actually clean your toothbrush? The chances are that you don’t! You use the toothbrush for a month or longer and then discard it for a new one, it’s not really hygienic, is it? A good but expensive investment would be to buy an electric toothbrush, but even these need maintenance, so here are some good electric toothbrush care tips for your expensive investment.

An electric toothbrush is more expensive than your conventional plastic toothbrushes because these electric brushes are more effective at cleaning your teeth thoroughly and keeping your gums healthy than its plastic counterparts. However, it’s important to carry out a good electric toothbrush care regime to protect your investment.

After every use, rinse the electric toothbrush thoroughly with tap water, and for storage, it’s advisable to let it stand in an upright position and to let it dry naturally. If you cover your toothbrush with an anti-bacterial toothbrush cover, you are encouraging germs to breed on the moist bristles of the brush! I like so many others around the world store my brush into these plastic containers straight after using them, it’s unhealthy.

Your electric toothbrush requires a deep cleaning at least once a month; this is to remove all excess dirt that is not usually washed off when you clean your brush daily. There are many cleaning solutions available on the market today to deep clean your electric toothbrush, you can also use some home remedies for electric toothbrush care by soaking the toothbrush bristles for 75 mins in a mixture that has water and bleach. Once the brush is soaked, you can remove it and clean it under fresh running water for about 2 minutes and then just allow it to dry naturally. Electric toothbrush care is very important especially when you have had a cold or flu, because you want to make sure that the germs are completely killed from your toothbrush bristle. Be careful when using bleach, because if it accidentally gets on your clothes, it could ruin them!

It can’t be stressed enough, make sure you’re electric toothbrush is switched off when soaking or rinsing it in water! Most of these brushes are encased in tight plastic casings, but that’s not to say that it’s water-proof! Like any electronic item, there is a chance that liquid will get into your electric toothbrush and soak the circuit, which will damage the brush and cause it to stop working. This is where simple good electric toothbrush care comes in, take the brush’s head off from its body and soak the rest of the brush in water.

Good electric toothbrush care will not breed any airborne bacteria, it’s important to store the brush in a clean place. Most folks store their brushes in their bathrooms, so it’s imperative to make sure that your bathroom is always kept clean.

Good electric toothbrush care also involves replacing worn out heads.  Just because you’ve deep cleaned your brush and clean the brush daily doesn’t necessarily mean that the head will survive the usage of time. The brush head will wear out over time and you will need to replace it probably every 4 months or so. Good electric toothbrush care will save you money by not having to buy new replacements parts as long as you use these good tips to take care of your brush.