Is Your Toothbrush Getting You Sick?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), taking good care of your toothbrush will get rid of most microorganisms. Here are suggestions:
- Scrub your hands with soap and warm water before and after brushing.
- Protect from splash-back. If you store your toothbrush on the bathroom sink, as most of us do, don’t forget that washing your hands contaminates the brush.
- Keep the toilet lid down.When you flush, toilet spray particulate remains airborne and can settle on your brush.
- Replace your brush regularly. The American Dentist Association suggests you get a new brush every three to four months. Buy a new brush after any illness to prevent contamination.
- Use the right toothpaste. Toothpastes with triclosan/copolymer are better at killing germs than regular fluoride toothpastes.
- Don’t share toothbrushes. Also, make sure they don’t touch if stored together.
- Rinse your toothbrush in tap water. Germs from your mouth and teeth take hold on the brush itself so rinse at the end.
- Air-dry your toothbrush. Don’t store your toothbrush in an airtight container where it is more likely to grow bacteria. Always brush your teeth with a dry toothbrush.
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