How’s your electric toothbrush holding up? It’s not something we’re talking about in day-to-day conversation, but after spending the money for an electric toothbrush, you want to protect your investment. By following a few simple maintenance steps on your electric toothbrush, you can ensure that it outlasts its warranty and keeps you plaque and cavity-free.
Are you using a battery-powered electric toothbrush? If so, remember to replace batteries at any signs of malfunction or when they no longer seem to be working at full capacity. Keep your eyes peeled for any corrosion inside, especially if you suspect that your battery pack has gotten wet or damp.
If you’re using a rechargeable or plug-in electric toothbrush, keep the charger plugged into the wall and your toothbrush in the charger when not in use. This will not only ensure that you have a full charge when it’s time to brush, but you’ll also notice any problems with your charger more easily.
Electric Toothbrush Heads
One of the most important things that you can do in order to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your electric toothbrush is to change your toothbrush heads regularly, at least every 3-4 months. Monitor your electric toothbrush head, noting signs of wear, and replacing when necessary. It’s a good idea to keep a few extra toothbrush heads on hand, so that you can use them at the first sign that they are needed.
Store your electric toothbrush upright, and on it’s base, when provided. Though you may have heard otherwise, don’t place a cover over the head of your electric toothbrush. Rather, you’ll want to let your toothbrush air dry after use in order to keep germs from growing and spreading.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Cleaning and sanitizing your electric toothbrush is essential for maintaining the quality of your investment. Rinse your toothbrush under water after use, ridding it of any remaining toothpaste and debris. Allow to air dry. In addition, if you choose to invest in a sanitizer, there are a good many on the market today. The Philips Sonicare UV Sanitizer, for example, retails for approximately $30 and can help you keep your toothbrush clean and effective.
By following a few simple maintenance steps on your electric toothbrush, you can ensure that it outlasts its warranty and keeps you plaque and cavity-free. In addition, contact customer service, warranty in hand, should any problems arise along the way. Thankfully, most of today’s models offer at least a limited 2-year warranty, which should handle any malfunctions that are the result of defects or errors on the part of the company.