By: Stacey Colino
No, and don’t zap it in the microwave, either! If you do, you’ll damage the toothbrush and its bristles, compromising your oral care.
There’s really no good evidence to support doing anything beyond simply rinsing your toothbrush after using it and storing it in an upright position, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you still want to go the extra mile, soak your toothbrush in a cup of mouth rinse for 30 seconds, then let it air-dry, says Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus, a cosmetic dentist in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
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Stacey Colino is a freelance writer who specializes in health and psychological issues. Her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including Woman’s Day and Prevention. She is a frequent contributor to Completely You.