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Toothbrushes Don’t Need as Much Care as You Think

Toothbrushes Have Bacteria

According to an article by the ADA (American Dental Association) most all toothbrushes have bacteria.  So do our mouths.  Our systems are so used to these bacteria that they do not bother most of us in most cases.  A few easy steps will keep our toothbrushes as clean as possible.  Since they are not packaged in sterile packaging, they come into our home with some small amount of germs already.  Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes before and after each use.  No need to use hot water, cold water will be just fine.

There are several over the counter disinfectants made for toothbrushes, but the ADA feels that they are not necessary.  Your brushes should be replaced every three or four months or when the bristles are frayed.  Toothbrushes should be stored in the upright position but not touching each other if more than one brush is stored in the same location.  Also, never share toothbrushes.  If it will be a while in between uses, store them uncovered as covering them will encourage the growth of bacteria.

Be Careful in the Bathroom

Every time you flush the toilet, the contents become aerosolized to some extent which means that if you keep your toothbrush out in the open near the toilet…  So lower the lid of the toilet before flushing.  Also while you don’t want to keep the toothbrushes covered, you might want to store them in a cabinet or at least as far away from the toilet as possible.

And don’t forget to floss!!!

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Editor’s Note:  We originally published this article in April 2014.  We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.