Your toothbrush is the foundation of your mouth health this holiday season. Take care of your toothbrush by following these simple tips!
Store your toothbrush in an open area, away from any other toothbrushes. If you must store them near each other, make sure the heads don’t touch. That spreads germs between toothbrushes, which is called “cross-contamination.”
Never share your toothbrush. This spreads food particles, bacteria, and even disease from person to person. If your toothbrush becomes contaminated, throw it away immediately. Buy a new one as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, many people become ill during the winter months. Some prefer to replace their toothbrushes once they feel better. Though it is unlikely you will recontaminate yourself (unless you are severely immunocompromised), there is potential that your toothbrush may touch other toothbrushes–contaminating them, and spreading the illness.
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, even if it looks “fine.” Replace it earlier if it becomes contaminated in any way.
For more information, call Condos, Spyridon J DDS in New York, New York, at 212.799.6900. Dr. Spyridon Condos and our team look forward to making your smile shine this holiday season, starting with taking care of your toothbrush!