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How to Take Care of Your Toothbrush

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Proper toothbrush care is an important part of your oral health, especially during cold and flu season. Your toothbrush can serve as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which could lead to illness.

These tips will help keep your brush in good shape and make sure you don’t spread germs when you brush:

Wash Your Hands First

Wash your hands before and after brushing your teeth and flossing. This will help reduce the germs that enter your mouth during these activities.

Don’t Share Toothbrushes

If you share a toothbrush, you’re also sharing microorganisms and bodily fluids. This makes illnesses more likely to spread from one family member to another. Young children in particular might be tempted to use someone else’s toothbrush. Make sure they know to use only their toothbrush, and help them identify it with color coding or by writing their names on the brush.

Rinse After Using

Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with hot water after brushing. This will help kill germs and wash away toothpaste, food particles, and other debris.

Store Your Brush Upright

Don’t store your toothbrush in a closed container. This can remain moisture, creating a breeding ground for germs. Toothbrushes should be stored upright so they have a chance to thoroughly air dry. Store brushes separate from one another to prevent the spread of germs from one person to another.

Don’t Store your Toothbrush Near the Toilet

It’s a pretty disgusting thought, but when you flush the toilet, germs go airborne. Never store your toothbrush on the toilet tank. Keep it at least a few feet away from your toilet to minimize the chance that these germs can reach your brush – and ultimately, your mouth.

Replace Regularly

Replace your toothbrush every three months, since it can become worn. If you notice that bristles have become worn down or frayed, replace it more often. And if you get the flu or a cold, replace your toothbrush when you get well. Even if the risk is small, you don’t want to take a chance on re-exposing your mouth to the type of bacteria that may have made you sick.

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