Fall is finally here, and with it comes the dreaded cold and flu season. Did you know one of the most important steps you can take to avoid being re-infected after a cold is to replace your toothbrush?
Since bristles have a tendency to harbor hidden germs, you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush after a cold. Listed below are some simple tips you can follow to help protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long!
- Wash your hands before and after brushing
- Remember to rinse the bristles of your toothbrush thoroughly
- Shake any extra moisture from the brush and allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
- Store the toothbrush in an upright position
- Don’t keep all the toothbrushes of your family in common toothbrush holder. This will help from spreading germs between family members!
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!
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