Friday, February 2, 2018

When Flu Season Is Over, Change Your Toothbrush

As we come to the end of this wretched flu season, if you are anything like me, you do the normal routine: Wash blankets, pillow cases, sheets and basically disinfect the whole. Especially if you or someone in your household has or had the flu.

However, on thing that often gets overlooked is replacing your toothbrush. Even if you didn't have the flu, you want to make sure you replace it. If some in your household had it, or anyone who visited your home had it, then the bacteria and or virus can attach to basically anything. If that gets on your toothbrush, when you brush your teeth you are in essence introducing that virus right into your body.

There is a common misconception that a toothbrush is always clean. I can see why that would be assumed. You put toothpaste on it and essentially clean your teeth. However that is not the case. The bristles on the toothbrush are tall and there are many area for bacteria to hide. The toothpaste on it does not clean the brush. There are not many ways to effectively and fully clean your toothbrush so it is better to just replace it.

The ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months and after you get sick.

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