TOOTHBRUSHES ARE GERMCENTRAL
A toothbrush can carry as many as 10 million germs and bacteria. In fact, there could even be tiny microorganisms living in it.
It’s important to know that these bacteria aren’t a big threat to teeth. Toothbrush-dwelling microorganisms don’t make people sick thanks to toothpaste. An anti-germ component built into toothpaste prevents microbes from surviving. Also, these organisms need moisture to live and multiply. But as long as your toothbrush has a chance to dry after every use there should be no problem.
Here is further advice about toothbrush cleanliness.
To take care of your teeth and your toothbrush, it’s important to use your toothbrush the way you’re supposed to. A brush must be rinsed it in tap water, and then let it air dry.
Toothbrushes must always be stored in an upright position. And since germs are airborne we shouldn’t worry too much about them coming in contact with other brushes. Unless the owner of that other toothbrush is suffering from a contagious disease or illness there should be no problem.
But in case you feel the need to make sure your brush is germ-free after coming in contact with other brushes or simple use. Here are some methods of cleansing and riding your brush from bacteria.
Toothbrushes can be soaked in;
Mouthwash which is an antiseptic.
A solution of half water and half hydrogen peroxide.
Boiling water for about five to 10 seconds.
Toothbrush sanitizers haven’t shown to have much effect on germs. This is why we recommend your steer clear of unnecessary chemicals or unknown ingredients in these sanitizers. Also, you should never put your toothbrush in the dishwasher or microwave this will end up damaging it.
A toothbrush must be replaced every few months.
About every three months because of the wear on the bristles. If you have a heavy hand, the bristles might wear out sooner. Remember that the key determinant is not the calendar but the shape the bristles are in. You need to replace your toothbrush when the bristles spew in different directions. You must remember to check your children’s toothbrushes because they tend to need replacement in shorter time.
Toothbrushes don’t generally have to be replaced after an illness. Although you must be sure it dries out between uses so that germs can’t survive.
You should remember;
Some toothbrushes have bristles that change colors to indicate they’ve worn out. This is a glaring reminder it’s time to buy a new brush.
You can also develop the habit of changing your toothbrush with every check-up. (provided you see your dentist every six months) And then again midway before the next appointment. Or try timing the change to the first day of every season. And remember: To every toothbrush, there is a season.
For more information about toothbrush use and cleaning schedule an appointment with us today. At your appointment don’t forget to ask any of our specialized dentists about brushing techniques and methods of cleanliness.