Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Could Your Toothbrush Make You Sick?

With the temperatures dropping, change in the weather the flu and cold season is among us. We all know getting a flu shot, washing our hands and avoiding people who are sick will help keep you healthy but that's not always the case.

Many people just getting over the flu/cold usually forget one small detail and that is changing out their toothbrush. Toothbrushes can harbor bacteria, even after is been rinsed. Its recommend that a toothbrush that has been used during a illness be discarded to avoid reinfection. If
the toothbrush is not discard it is possible for the already weakened immune system to allow the flu/cold strain to come back, I'm pretty sure you wont want that either.

Here are a few toothbrush tips to help prevent a cold or flu this season:
  1. Replace your tooth brush every 3-4 months or after an illness
  2. Thoroughly rinse the toothbrush after brushing and allow to air dry in an upright position
  3. Wash your hands before and after brushing/flossing to prevent bacteria from entering the mouth
  4. Never share toothbrushes
  5. Keep all toothbrushes separate from one another to prevent cross contamination
  6. Sterilize the toothbrush once a week

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