As the popularity of electric toothbrush expanded, the number of people using an electric toothbrush is expanding rapidly. According to Statista, based on the U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS)., there were 131.43 million Americans who used power toothbrushes in 2020, which is almost half of the American population (Statista, 2021. Retrieved December,1 2021). But the fact that most people don’t know about the electric toothrbush is, the brush is actually needs periodic cleaning as our oral, too.
If you are one of the people who leave the brush about every time you brush, you should listen to the topics we will be talking about next. Some typical hygenic problems exist if you don’t have a hygenic or good habit after using the brush. These small details would eventually cause and become more significant problems on your toothbrush.
For example, this is an honest review from a user of Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. The hard-to-clean part between the handle and brush head will grow and hide bacterias and even go mouldy in some situations.
The toothbrush is directly in contact with our mouth. We use it frequently, twice a day. So if the hygiene of the brush cannot be guaranteed, then the brush is not cleaning our mouth. It’s bringing bacterias and causing problems to us.
Besides the hidden parts between the brush head and the handle, the bottom of the handle will also get a wired coating of grey-brown slime as you use it. But what is this? According to the commenter who answered on Quora it’s a combination of hard water in the water supply and water pipes and/or what’s leftover (and eventually drips downward) after you’ve finished brushing. What minute moisture you haven’t fully dried off from the handle. And below is an example of an electric toothbrush charger base. The picture is speaking how disgusting it is, and imagine you brush your teeth every day with the brush under this condition.
Dec.1, 2021: Drity electric toothbrush from Jody Yarborough
Let’s get into the primary purpose of this article: how to clean your electric toothbrush and use it properly.
For Daily Cleaning:
- Rinse the brush under the running water every time you brush to rinse off the food residues and the remnant toothpaste. Including the brush head and the handle.
- Use a piece of small tissue or cloth to wipe off the brush's water and keep the brush dry.
For Weekly/Monthly Cleaning:
- Take off the brush head and rinse the gap between the brush head and handle. After cleaning, do not put the head back right away. Wait until the water dries or wipe it to dry.
- Soak the brush with mouldy or dirty gunk in an antibacterial mouthwash for 2-3 minutes to disinfect your brush.
- Change the brush head at least every 3 months. The old brush head will generate bacterias as well.
And we also had collected some tips that help you store your brush and keept it in good condition to ensure the effective cleaning function of your brush.
- Don't use high-temperature water to rinse or boil your brush, even if it's mouldy. The high temperature will wear out the usage of your electric toothbrush, and between the brush head and handle, mots of the electric toothbrush is using rubber, which is highly possible to be scalded by hot water.
- Keep your electric toothbrush in a well-airflow area, turn on a ventilator after taking a shower, and drain moisture from the bathroom or open a window when you're not using the bathroom so it doesn't get moldy.