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5 Reasons Why Toothbrush Covers Are Unsanitary

If you have a handy set of toothbrushes, the last thing you might want to get for them would be toothbrush covers.

Toothbrush covers are often marketed as a way to keep toothbrushes clean and hygienic, but they can do more harm than good. 

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at a few reasons why these covers are unsanitary.

Moisture gets trapped inside

One of the main problems with toothbrush covers is that they can trap moisture inside.

After you brush your teeth, your toothbrush will likely still be damp. If you immediately cover it with a cap, that moisture will have nowhere to go. 

Risk of bacteria

When your toothbrushes are constantly moist, they leave room for bacteria to grow.

Bacteria thrive in warm, damp conditions. Covering your toothbrush only provides the perfect conditions for them to grow and multiply. 

If you use toothbrush covers, it becomes more difficult for it to dry out and for any bacteria that may have contaminated it to die off.


If you share a bathroom with other people, it’s possible that your toothbrush could come into contact with someone else’s toothbrush or other items in the bathroom. 

Toothbrush covers only escalate that problem as it increases the chance of your brushes coming into contact with each other. Especially if they happen to be grouped.

Difficult to clean

Toothbrush covers are small and often made of plastic, they can be difficult to thoroughly clean and sanitize. 

This means that any bacteria or other microorganisms that have built up inside the cover may be difficult to remove no matter how thorough you think you have been with it.

Dental Professionals discourage their use

Perhaps the most compelling reason to avoid toothbrush covers is that they’re not recommended by dental professionals. 

It is recommended that all you need to do is to rinse your toothbrush with water after each use, allow it to air dry, and store it in an upright position.

Putting your brushes in a bigger container also helps, as it reduces the risks of them having contact with each other.

Overall, it’s best to not be using toothbrush covers so you can keep your brushes fresh and clean longer so they can still do their part in keeping your pearly whites clean.

Additionally, try to avoid sharing your brushes and remember to have them replaced every two to three months. This helps prevent the bacterial spread and keeps your teeth healthy as well!

Replacing your favorite toothbrush can be difficult. But it’s necessary for maintaining oral health for both you and your children.

Regular visits to the dentist also help keep your family’s oral health in check, as they can offer the best advice and do their best as well to keep teeth clean, healthy, and strong.

If you want to help your child achieve better oral health, reach out to us at My Children’s Choice and learn how we can lead the way to a brighter future.  

Schedule an appointment by calling (202) 410-0088 today!

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