How to clean an electric toothbrush
We explore how to keep your electric toothbrush (and smile) clean in a step-by-step guide for better oral health.
So you’ve started brushing with an electric toothbrush (you know how to use an electric toothbrush properly, right?) and it’s completely changed your oral care game. You actually look forward to brushing your teeth (two minutes, twice a day, of course). Your smile has never felt fresher. Your dentist is giving you a standing ovation every time you come into the office.
But if your electric toothbrush is beginning to show signs of use, now might be time to give it a little TLC in return. Unlike a disposable manual toothbrush, your electric toothbrush requires a bit of cleaning now and then.
What’s the best way to clean an electric toothbrush? And how often should you clean it? Let’s start with why you should clean your electric toothbrush — because it’s better for your teeth and your oral health. Regular cleaning can also optimize the benefits of your brush and help prevent bacteria and germs from growing on it.
This guide will run through everything you need to know about how to clean electric toothbrushes, including grime prevention strategies and what cleaning products are safe to use.
How to prevent grime buildup on your electric toothbrush
While it’s important to give your electric toothbrush a deep clean once every few weeks, a little bit of regular upkeep can help limit the number of germs and bacteria that form after each use. These tips can make your daily brushing more effective and save you time when your brush is due for a regular cleaning.
Step 1: Rinse brush head with hot water – Use hot tap water to thoroughly rinse your bristles before and after each use.
Step 2: Store your toothbrush upright