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- What is the proper way to clean your toothbrush to help remove germs?
- Prior to brushing your teeth, wash your hands with soap and warm water.
- Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash before you brush your teeth to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth.
- Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with potable tap water after you brush to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris.
- Soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Do store your toothbrush upright and in the open air. Do not put it in a closed container, as this creates a damp environment that is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms.
- Close the toilet lid before flushing.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles become frayed or worn -- whichever comes first. Also, always replace it after an illness.