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Sunday, March 15, 2015

How Safe is Your Brushing Habit?

Could Your Toothbrush Be Making You Sick?

You probably won't get an infection from your own toothbrush. Even if your brush is covered in bacteria, your immune system can usually take care of any bacterial invaders. However, you should still care for your toothbrush properly and keep it clean. 

Don't Brush Where You Flush

Where you store your toothbrush in your bathroom is important. In most bathrooms, the
toilet is very close to the sink, where most people keep their toothbrushes. Every time you flush, bacteria are released into the air – and you don't want that bacteria to get on your toothbrush. It's just common sense to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible Keep it in a medicine cabinet if possible, and always close the toilet lid before flushing to minimise the spread of bacteria onto your toothbrush.

Toothbrush Holders

Toothbrush holders as well can pick up bacteria that are spread by toilet flushing. A study by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) found that toothbrush holders are the third-most germy household items (behind dish sponges and kitchen sinks). Remember to clean your toothbrush holder regularly to remove germs.

When to Toss Your Toothbrush

It has been recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or more often if bristles become frayed, if you are sick, or if you have a weakened immune system. For an electric toothbrush, replace the head as frequently as you would a regular disposable brush. Children's toothbrushes may need to be replaced more often than adult brushes.


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