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What To Do With Dog’s Toothbrush

We are sharing an informative email correspondence:

Someone I know stores the used toothbrush from dog in the dish drain silverware holder next to sink. Pretty sick. What do u think?

Hi, Rosanne.

A pet’s toothbrush should be rinsed in alcohol or a Listerine type product after use which is not a bad thing to do with our own personal brushes. At the very least all toothbrushes should be thoroughly washed off with tap water every time you use them and be sure the brush has a chance to dry thoroughly between brushings. Avoid using toothbrush covers because they can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria. Any toothbrush should be stored in a holder, rather than lying it down, and it never should touch another toothbrush. That goes for any toothbrush be it people’s or pet’s. Studies have found that toothbrushes of both healthy and oral diseased adults become heavily contaminated with normal use with pathogenic bacteria from the dental plaque and the environment. Soaking the toothbrush in Listerine for 20 minutes prior to and after brushing decreases the microbial load significantly. In short, ALL toothbrushes deserve extra care for good hygiene and health.

Hope that helps you out.

See our web pages on Care of Your Dog’s Teeth
and Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

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