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Rinse toothbrush only - do not clean
Brushing your teeth is important for oral hygiene and should be done daily in the morning and evening - most people are aware of this. But does the toothbrush need special care? A dentist points out that less is more in this case.
Leftover food, tartar, plaque: The toothbrush has to do with the not so nice things in the mouth every day. But you should not disinfect them - for the sake of your teeth.
A toothbrush does not need extra cleaning
In fact, treatment with vinegar, disinfectant or detergent is even counterproductive, warns Cologne dentist Jochen Schmidt in the magazine "Good Health" (issue 2/2020). Because with such cleaning, the bristles fray - and then no longer remove dental plaque properly. If you really want to clean the brush, you should put it in antibacterial mouthwash for 15 minutes, according to the expert.
Change toothbrush every three months
But it is better to change it regularly: a new toothbrush or a new brush head should be made every three months. You should also make sure to rinse the brush thoroughly under warm water before and after cleaning. When it is not in use, it is best to store the brush upside down in the toothbrush mug - and not in a case, possibly with your head still wet. Because this is an ideal breeding ground for germs.
Toothbrush tumbler is allowed in the dishwasher
Unlike the toothbrush, the toothbrush mug should and should be put into the dishwasher from time to time. Because dirt and limescale quickly settle there - and with it germs. (vb; source: dpa / tmn)