1. Rinse your toothbrush before and after each use to reduce the amount of bacteria on it. When you store your toothbrush, don’t let the head of your brush touch other items, like someone else’s toothbrush.
2. Avoid sharing toothbrushes, straws, utensils and cups. These items gather bacteria when they touch our mouths. Sharing them allows bacteria to travel from one mouth to another, potentially causing tooth decay.
3. Clean and disinfect items you touch frequently, including your toothbrush handle and holder, shower curtains, switches, faucets, doorknobs, phones and keyboards. Germs from these items can make their way into your body when you touch your face.
4. Clean your mouthguard, clear aligner, retainer or dentures daily to remove food and bacteria. This can help prevent oral health problems, including gum disease, infection, mouth sores and bad breath. If possible, store these items in a protective case.
5. Don’t clean pacifiers with your mouth, which could spread germs to your child. It’s better to rinse them with water instead.
6. Wash used towels at least once a week, and make sure they dry between uses. Towels used after brushing your teeth and washing your face are a great hiding spot for all kinds of bacteria and viruses.