As a good health practice, being a health conscious individual, you pay special attention on your teeth and gum. You expect your teeth to be appear cleaner, whiter and plaque free mainly. On the other hand, although it is not visible to naked eye, when you brush your teeth a considerable amount of bacteria are also removed from your mouth. The chances for those bacterial bodies to remain in the brush until you use it back are very high.
Bacteria in your electric toothbrush
The moisture available in the brush head would create ideal living condition for bacteria. Bacteria not only remain, but will grow rapidly on your brush with the friendly environment. When you use the same brush back to CLEAN your teeth after a considerable time, you put those bacteria (and some more of course) back in your mouth unknowingly. So, it is clear that you should clean not only your teeth; the tooth brush also has to be cleaned.
Steps to clean electric toothbrush
Unlike standard manual tooth brushes, cleaning an electric toothbrush may need some special requirements. Let’s see how to clean an electric toothbrush with proper precautions. When you are thinking to clean an electric toothbrush, you should understand that there are mainly two important parts to be cleaned. They are the toothbrush head and the electric handle. Keeping both the parts clean is important equally.
It is recommended to soak your brush head in a hydrogen peroxide solution (03% in 97% water) at least once a week to prevent excessive growth of bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide is not expensive at all and you can find it easily in any pharmacy or a retail grocery.
First, pour some fresh hydrogen peroxide into a wide mouthed plastic container and soak the brush head in the container at least for good five minutes. Then take out the brush head and rinse it well to remove the taste of hydrogen peroxide. Then flick off the moisture remaining.
Then, leave it to dry thoroughly in the air, without being touched by any other brushes or devices. You don’t have to worry about pouring down the remaining hydrogen peroxide down the drain as it will break down into water and oxygen which are not considered as pollutants.
Make sure to refill the plastic container for every use as hydrogen peroxide subjects to break down rapidly after exposing to light. When you are sick, the situation is little bit different. In that case you may have to carry out cleaning process after every use.
Any other alternative?
Instead of hydrogen peroxide, you can use a bleach solution (1:10 bleach water ratio), but you would have to soak the device for a longer period of time (30 minutes or so). Cleaning the handle is different than cleaning the brush head as it is an electrical appliance. The handle shouldn’t be dipped in the solution.
You may use a piece of clothe dampen with either of the solutions we already know and wipe out the handle thoroughly. Use a dampen cotton swab and wipe the attaching area of the handle extremely well to eliminate any remaining bacterial bodies and allow it to air dry properly. This process will assure a minimal exposure to harmful bacteria and longer life to the equipment you use.