Simple Ways to Sanitize your Oral Healthcare Tools and Appliances
Posted on 5/15/2020 by Louis Taglia Jr. DDS
Good oral health depends a lot on the tools and appliances you use to keep your mouth and teeth clean. While you may be buying top of the line mouth care products, are you remembering to clean those tools?
Many people underestimate the importance of regularly cleaning their hygiene tools. Keeping things clean is important to ensure they perform properly, don't harbor any bacteria, and keep your mouth in tip-top shape. Here are ways to clean the two most commonly used oral health tools. These tips can also be applied to most of your other oral healthcare tools and appliances as well.
Cleaning your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is one of the most necessary components of oral health. While you should be replacing your toothbrush roughly every three months, you also need to clean it thoroughly at regular intervals. Most people don't get much further than rinsing their brush under warm water and storing it upright to air dry. While this does get rid of some bacteria, it isn't enough for all of it.
To ensure freshness, you should also regularly use boiling water (leave the brush in the water for three minutes before air drying), which will kill almost all of the bacteria. Another great option is hydrogen peroxide - simply soak the brush for five minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Cleaning your Tongue Scraper
Tongue scrapers are another important part of your oral healthcare routine, and they should definitely be cleaned after each use. We recommend using a hydrogen peroxide or a saline solution to wash your scraper. These solutions should get rid of any particles that have come off your tongue. These solutions can be purchased from a pharmacy and will come with instructions on how long to soak your scraper. If your tongue scraper is dishwasher safe, that is another option for keeping it sterilized.
If you need more information about cleaning and sanitizing your oral healthcare tools, feel free to get in touch with our office. We are more than willing to offer you the advice you need to better understand how to sanitize your oral healthcare tools. We can also provide insight into what tools you should be using on a regular basis.