The Do's And Don'ts of Toothbrushes
by: Dr. Thomas Rohrer
Our mouths are full of millions of germs and bacteria; in fact, some species of oral bacteria can double their numbers every 20 minutes under ideal conditions. Your toothbrush enters this environment on a daily basis. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help maximize its effectiveness…
DON’T: Share your toothbrush! That’s right, even with your loved ones! Gum disease is contagious, and sharing a toothbrush is a sure-fire way to spread infection.
DON’T: Keep your toothbrush out in the open if your toilet is in the same room. Every time you flush your toilet with the lid open, waste particles become airborne and invariably land on the bristles. Your best bet is to store it in a cabinet.
DO: Change your toothbrush regularly. I recommend doing so every three (3) months.
DO: Sanitize your toothbrush weekly. The easiest way to do so is to place it in a cup of mouthwash overnight. If you’re a bit crazy like me, you can also put it in your dishwasher! The water reaches a high temperature, much higher than water from your tap.
DO: Dry the bristles with a clean towel before putting it away; remember, a dark wet place is a perfect environment for bacteria to grow!!!
DO: THROW IT AWAY if you catch a cold or flu or virus!
Just following these few simple rules will help your toothbrush do its job more effectively, leading to a healthier mouth… and a healthier YOU!
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Article date: Nov. 18 2013
Type: Oral Health
Location: Ocean Ridge - Palm Beach County