Everyone is talking about germs these days, but what about germs on your toothbrush? How can you avoid toothbrush germs? How can you avoid sharing them? Here are 6 tips:
JUST SAY “NO” TO SHARING
Most importantly, never share your toothbrush with another individual. This is especially important for children to understand since they are especially prone to sharing when they aren’t supervised. The act of brushing can cause germs and blood to stick to a brush. You don’t want to transmit these contaminants to anyone else by sharing brushes.
INVEST IN STORAGE
If you have a ‘toothbrush jar’ storage system in your bathroom right now—replace it! Toothbrushes should not touch when they are being stored; place them separate containers. So, could you solve the problem by storing them in the medicine cabinet? No, because bacteria can develop if air cannot circulate around your brush. The best way to store a toothbrush is to rinse it thoroughly with water after brushing; store upright in a separate container, and do not cover in any way to allow the brush to dry out and avoid additional germ growth.
HYGIENE RULES APPLY
In the middle of this pandemic, everyone is investing in a lot of handwashing. These same hygiene rules apply when brushing your teeth. Prior to brushing, wash your hands for 20 seconds and after brushing wash them again to remove any contaminants that might have adhered to your hands.
Consider having separate tubes of toothpaste for each family member to avoid a contamination issue in case someone in your family becomes ill. Are you sharing one tube? If you are sharing, place a proper sized amount of toothpaste on wax paper first and then deliver it to a brush. This will avoid contamination at the mouth of the toothpaste tube.
THROW UP-THROW OUT
When recovering from an illness, replace your toothbrush. Germs can linger on the bristles and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush.
3 MONTH REPLACEMENT RULE
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth and can be damaging to teeth if used too long. Remember, you get a new one from our office at every hygiene appointment. That’s a good incentive to come in every 6 months!
I hope everyone is staying safe! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about brushing habits!