Store Your Toothbrush in Hydrogen Peroxide: Is it OK?
July 12, 2019
Hydrogen Peroxide is by far one of the best things to clean your toothbrush with once a week to ensure your oral hygiene.
But, does the same apply to using it as something you want to store your toothbrush in? Is Hydrogen Peroxide a good candidate for that as well?
[That’s exactly what we are going to answer for you in today’s article, so keep reading to find out!]
While it’s hard to answer this question in short, I’d say that it’s more or less YES for the short run. However, for a comparatively longer run, I’d have to say NO.
The reason behind this? Well, I’d have to lead you to the long standing debate between experts, then!
The debate that rages on when it comes to this topic is if Hydrogen Peroxide is actually stable or not.
Some people believe that it’s fairly stable, and hence can be used as something to store your toothbrushes in.
Some others believe that it’s not stable. They believe that it just breaks down into water soon enough, and then it’s just something bacteria can easily thrive upon.
In fact, the second type of people believe that it actually make things worse in the long run.
Taking sides in the debate: The Not-So-Fun Part!
Okay, now, it’s fairly obvious that both of these sides cannot be correct, right?
Well, that’s true. So, which side should we believe?
As it turns out, the second side is actually the right one. While the experts are still divided, most of them agree that it’s probably the best idea to just put your toothbrush in there once a week and not store it in there all the time.
Since properly cleaning and drying your toothbrush works just perfectly fine, there is also no need to use that much of hydrogen peroxide all the time.
The wisest course of action then might be somewhere along the lines of this:
- First of all, you do not really want to use it to store your toothbrush in. Hydrogen peroxide does break down and it actually poses a greater threat than not using it at the end of the day to store it in there.
- So, with that out of the way, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it at all. As we stated earlier, it’s a great disinfectant and you should ideally use it for a while every once a week.
- The rest of the time, you need to clean your toothbrush perfectly, dry it as well as possible, and keep it in an upright position. This would ensure that the toothbrush is in perfect shape to maintain your dental hygiene.
How to dry your toothbrush properly to ensure your dental hygiene?
As I remarked earlier, your toothbrush is one of the major determinants of your dental hygiene. As such, it’s one of the things you need to pay a little extra attention to.
Drying it is one of the most important things that you simply must deal with. As such, you need to know the right way to do it, right? So, here are the main things you might want to keep in mind for drying your toothbrush:
- The first thing that you might want to do is to actually clean the toothbrush well. Just because you need to dry it up doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t wash it properly. In fact, keep in mind that drying is the final step, but washing makes an even greater difference, so you should do it thoroughly.
- Next, you need to decide how you want to dry it. Some people prefer to shake it dry while some people prefer to just leave it in an upright position. Both of these methods are really great. However, it seems to me that you can do both of these, and that would be just the best idea!
- Another important thing that you might want to keep in mind is that you need to keep it somewhere in the open. Keeping it in a closed container is actually going to make things worse. This is mostly owing to the fact that germs and bacteria can actually thrive even more well in a closed environment. So, that’s something you might want to pay a little extra attention to.
- One thing a lot of experts recommend paying a little bit of extra attention to is to actually ensure that your toothbrush isn’t kept with other toothbrushes. This actually takes away the result of much of the hard-work you put in, so it’s really recommended that you keep this point in mind and keep each toothbrush individually if possible.
Your toothbrush retires too!
Even though you might be taking the best care of your toothbrush, you still need to realize that it won’t last forever.
In fact, even minor damages can actually affect its functionality drastically. And as such, you need to know when it’s time to actually go for a new toothbrush. After all, you can’t make a compromise when it comes to your dental hygiene!
So, we decided to get an article prepared on how often you might want to replace your toothbrush. We also took a look at how you might find out when it’s time to actually change it. So, click here to check out how long should a toothbrush last!
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