Our toothbrushes are hot beds for germs and bacteria. In addition, the bristles break down over time and therefore aren’t as effective when brushing your teeth.
We all know [or should] that it is imperative that you change your toothbrush at least every three months. But during cold and flu season? If you’ve recently had a cold or the flu or are even having any kind of respiratory condition you MUST change your toothbrush. When you brush your teeth while sick, more germs and/or bacteria enter your mouth and therefore collect on your toothbrush. If you then continue to use the same brush after you have been sick you are increasing the likelihood of that bacteria growing which can lead to many other issues such as gingivitis, receding gums bad breath and even more serious disease.
If you’ve recently had a cold or the flu or are even having any kind of respiratory condition you MUST change your toothbrush.
Just as important as replacing your toothbrush is how you allow it to dry and how you store it after brushing your teeth. Toothbrushes should be able to air dry after use and should ALWAYS be stored vertically. You should never allow your toothbrush to touch another toothbrush or lay it on it’s side so that it touches another surface. Also, if you have a toothbrush that has a cap for the head you should wait until your toothbrush is completely dry before placing the cap on it. Moist, wet environments encourage bacteria growth!
You should never allow your toothbrush to touch another toothbrush or lay it on it’s side so that it touches another surface.
So, when you head to the local pharmacy or grocery store, don’t forget to throw one or two new toothbrushes in your basket!
About Serenity Dental Studio: We are the leading dental studio serving Gulf Shores Alabama and the surrounding area. Our staff provides a calm and serene environment for our patients enabling them to relax and allow us to restore their love for their smile.
Our team of general dentists, specialists, and hygienists work together to create a superior dental team that will help you look and feel your best.
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