When you’re sick, your germs spread quickly: to doorknobs, to light switches, to your personal computer and even through your air conditioning. When you recover from an illness, what happens to your toothbrush? Do you think you can reinfect yourself with your germs after an illness if you don’t thoroughly disinfect your brush? Read more to find out the answer to this question!
Do You Need to Throw Out Your Toothbrush Following an Illness?
The most definitive study comes from researchers who studied the bacteria that causes strep throat. They discovered that toothbrushes used by patients with strep throat was not able to regrow the bacteria caused by strep in a petri dish. According to Nancy Simpkins, MD, you build up antibodies so you can’t re-infect yourself.
We Recommend Replacing Your Toothbrush Regularly
Some dentists say you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, but you could even do it as frequently as every 1 to 2 months. If your bristles have started to fray, then replace it immediately. A lot of electric brush heads now have colored bristles that start to lose their color at the tips to indicate it is time for a replacement.
Never Share Your Toothbrush
One thing you absolutely should not do is share your toothbrush with anyone, even your spouse or kids! Illness and disease will spread through your toothbrush, and if you forget your toothbrush, or if your family member forgets theirs, it’s better that they brush their teeth with their finger or even some gauze rather than using someone else’s toothbrush.
See Your Dentist Regularly!
Don’t put off your dental appointment or teeth cleaning! Schedule an appointment with Parkside Family Dental now for a regular check-up or teeth cleaning. Preventive oral health is one of the best ways to prevent cavities and other dental problems. Scheduling an appointment is easy! Call us today or fill out our appointment form online.
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