Thursday, December 22, 2022

Could Your Toothbrush Be Making You Sick?

The temperatures are plummeting, and changes in the weather mean one thing...flu and cold season. We all know getting a flu shot, washing our hands, and avoiding people who are sick will help keep us healthy. However, that's not always the case.

Many people who are just getting over the flu/cold usually forget one small detail and that is changing out their toothbrush. 

Toothbrushes can harbor bacteria, even after it's been rinsed. It's recommended that a toothbrush that has been used during an illness be discarded to avoid reinfection.

If the toothbrush is not discarded 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 to happen!

Here are a few toothbrush tips to help prevent a cold or flu this season:
  1. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or after an illness.
  2. Thoroughly rinse the toothbrush after brushing and allow it 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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