Toothbrush Safety: What Do You Know?
Sharing is good… but, what about toothbrushes?
So, you were taught to share everything but please, don’t apply the same rule to your toothbrush. Sharing your toothbrush could be a serious problem as you’ll actually be allowing someone else’s body fluids or microorganisms to enter your mouth and eventually, your blood stream. Doesn’t that put you at greater risk of developing infections or weakening your immune system?
How do you keep the toothbrush clean?
It’s not about how much water you used last night to rinse your toothbrush but it’s rather about how you clean your toothbrush at the right time. By rinsing your toothbrush thoroughly with water right after you brush your teeth, you’re actually aiming at removing any debris or dust on your toothbrush.
Remember, it is always a good idea to store your toothbrush in an upright position since it helps the toothbrush lose the water and become dry before the time it is reused. If you’re holding more than one toothbrush in the same region, you should try keeping the brushes away from each other.
Should I cover my toothbrush?
Well, it is never a bad idea to cover your toothbrush but it’s better to cover them infrequently. By storing your toothbrush in a closed container, you’ll be allowing more bacteria to grow in the moist environment. Replacing your toothbrush every three months is yet another important thing to keep your mouth healthy and bacteria-free.