There are things we come in contact with everyday that contain significant bacteria that pose a real danger to our health. everything from door handles to mice and keyboards can contain millions of different types of harmful bacteria. But have you ever thought about your toothbrush being one of them?
Your mouth is already filled with hundreds of microorganisms that are transferred to your toothbrush every single day. Toothbrushes can even have bacteria on them out of the box, since they aren’t required to be sold in sterile packaging. There are, however, toothbrush sanitizers on the market, but how many of us are going to use those?
Follow these simple tips to be sure your toothbrush stays out of harm’s way:
Do not share toothbrushes, this could cause an exchange in body fluids and other microorganisms, increasing the risk for infections and compromising your immune system.
Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste or debris.
When you’re done, store your toothbrush in an upright position if possible to allow it to air-dry. Always keep brushes separated from each other to prevent cross-contamination.
Don’t routinely cover your toothbrush or store them in closed containers. There is a greater chance of harmful microorganisms growing because of the moist environment.
A few more tips…
You should replace them about every 3-4 months, or sooner if you see that the bristles are fraying. This will decrease the number of bacteria your toothbrush is exposed to.
Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash before brushing could cut down on the amount of bacteria that builds up on your toothbrush.
Soaking in an antibacterial rinse after brushing slows down the growth of bacteria.
If you have any questions about how caring for your toothbrush is essential to your overall oral health, or you would like to schedule a cleaning or other dental service, please contact us.