• April 6, 2021
how to clean your electric toothbrush

Taking care of your oral health is important not only for your teeth but your overall well-being. Studies show that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque from the surface of teeth than manual toothbrushes. Most models also have a built-in timer, which helps you meet the recommended two-minute brushing time. It’s important to know how to clean your electric toothbrush. Check out these tips:

  • After brushing, remove the head of the electric toothbrush and store it separately in a cabinet to reduce its exposure to bacteria circulating in the air, especially after the toilet is flushed.
  • After every use, wipe down the handle (and charging base depending on the brand) to remove saliva buildup of moisture, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria. 
  • Store the base and head in an upright position to allow it to dry properly.
  • Just like a manual toothbrush, you need to replace the head of your electric toothbrush on a regular basis. A good rotation basis is every three months. Change the head right away after recovering from an illness.
  • Gunk can build up on the top part of the toothbrush base where the head connects. Use a towel, cotton swab or toothpick to remove dried substances from surfaces and crevices.
  • How to clean your electric toothbrush while away from home: Take charge of dental care while traveling by storing the electric toothbrush in its carry case.

Follow the usual tips for brushing your teeth when using an electric toothbrush: brush twice daily for at least two minutes each time, then follow up with flossing and mouthwash.

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