Germs & Your Toothbrush

Is your toothbrush making you sick?

Is your toothbrush making you sick? Follow our tips to keep your brush germ-free!

We have been told time and time again that washing our hands is the key to keeping germs at bay, but have you ever given much thought to the germs that make it into your mouth?

Most people catch a cold or the flu when they put their bacteria-covered hands in their mouths. Your mouth is a warm, dark, moist space, making it a breeding ground for bacteria that could end up in your bloodstream and weaken your immune system.

Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and use mouthwash. Also be aware that toothbrushes hold germs and infections, so make sure you replace your toothbrush every three to four months or anytime you have been sick.

To help you keep the germs under control, here are our top four toothbrush tips:

  • Keep it rinsed. Wash off your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water every time you use it.
  • Keep it dry. Bacteria love a moist environment, so make sure your brush has a chance to dry thoroughly between brushings. Avoid using toothbrush covers, which can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Keep it upright. Store your toothbrush upright in a holder, rather than lying it down.
  • Keep it to yourself. No matter how close you are to your sister, brother, spouse, or roommate don’t ever use their toothbrush. Don’t even store your toothbrush side-by-side in the same cup with other people’s brushes. Whenever toothbrushes touch, they can swap germs.

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2 Responses to “Germs & Your Toothbrush”

  1. Joseph Tagliarini
    03/27/2013 at 9:48 am #

    And don’t forget to get a new toothbrush every now and then! Bacteria can hang out in the bristles even with the best care (not to mention they wear down). So invest in your teeth and get a new brush.

    • Leah Martinez →
      03/27/2013 at 12:36 pm #

      This is very true! Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months.

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