Do you remember when the last time was when you bought your toothbrush? Most people don’t pay attention to when they are buying their toothbrushes or when they are changing them, but yet they should. According to research your toothbrush may be a breeding ground for millions of germs and bacteria! So you’re probably freaking out right now, but there are a few things you can do to keep this from affecting you. Germs need moisture to survive, so as long as you give your toothbrush to air dry you will be good to go. During the flu season and when people get sick you need to be especially careful. If you or any one in your family has a bacterial infection, such as strep throat for example, make sure to change your toothbrush because the bacterium that remains on the toothbrush may reinfect yourself or whoever has the infection. It would best to change your toothbrush if you have any kind of bacterial infection. The American Dental Association isn’t too worried about the bacteria and germs living on your toothbrush, believing that most of our immune systems will do a good job of fighting off the germs found on toothbrushes. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. As long as you follow these simple steps you will be free from harming yourself. The next thing that you should refrain from is putting your toothbrush next to some one else’s toothbrush. If there are many toothbrushes in the same container, there’s a chance that the toothbrushes will brush up against each other, then spread germs and bacteria. If you do all these things and yet are getting disgusted by the idea of germs and bacteria living on the bristles of your toothbrush, even after you rinse your toothbrush after brushing, you can disinfect your toothbrush often to feel at ease. You can disinfect your toothbrush with a concoction of hydrogen peroxide and water or with mouthwash. The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, because after long term use the bristles on the brushes become less effective with wear and tear. As you see, there are simple steps you can take to keep germs and bacteria from harming you and maintaining good dental care.
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