You may have heard talk about the germs that can reside on your toothbrush and thought, “really?”
It’s true—there are several kinds of bacteria that can lurk on the bristles of your toothbrush, including streptococci, staphylococci, Herpes Simplex I, and the Influenza virus. To protect your toothbrush from bacteria, Dr. Michelle Slezewski and Dr. Paul Engibous and our team want you to consider the following three tips:
- Wash your hands before and after brushing.
- Allow the brush to air dry after each use, as harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen. It is best to disinfect your toothbrush weekly and allow it to dry in between use. Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or after being ill. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!
We hope these tips help! Feel free to give us a call at our Anchorage, AK office or ask us on Facebook if you have any questions!