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Storing Your Toothbrush!

By Brianne Jones, RDH

How to Store Your Toothbrush! 

Tooth brushing plays an important everyday role for personal oral hygiene and effective plaque removal. Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are also important considerations for sound oral hygiene. The ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use.
 Storing Your Toothbrush Properly 

  1. Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container at home. It needs to air dry during the day.
  2. Store your toothbrush upright. 
  3. Store your toothbrush at least 2 feet (0.61 m) from the toilet.
  4. Clean your toothbrush holder once a week.
  5. Rinse toothbrush thoroughly before storing.
  6. Do not let toothbrushes come into contact with one another.
  7. Do not share toothbrushes.
  8. Replace toothbrush after illness to prevent cross contamination.


​Replace toothbrushes at least every 3–4 months. The bristles become frayed and worn with daily use and the effectiveness will be reduced. Toothbrushes will wear out more rapidly depending on habits associated to each patient. Check brushes often for this type of wear and replace them more frequently if needed. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.

You can google “toothbrush storage” for some fun ways to store your toothbrush. Storage of your toothbrush can be fun and stylish.

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