The probability of your tooth brush actually getting you sick is slim to none, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about the cleanliness of your toothbrush. Our toothbrushes are full of bacteria from brushing our teeth and can even collect bacteria by sitting in our bathrooms. Fortunately, our body’s natural defenses make it very unlikely to get an infection from simply brushing ones teeth.
We all usually store our toothbrushes in our restrooms, right? Well think about this, every time you flush your toilet it sprays up a mist of bacteria into air, if your tooth brush is stored near the toilet, where does that bacteria end up? Yup, right on your tooth brush. Be sure to store your tooth brush as far away from your toilet. The following include toothbrush storage tips that can keep your toothbrush as germ free as possible:
- Rinse it well-Wash your tooth brush off after every use by running it under hot tap water.
- Keep it Dry- Bacteria grows in moist environments, so make sure you brush has a chance to dry and avoid using toothbrush covers.
- Keep it Vertical- Store your toothbrush in the upright position, rather than lying it down.
- Keep it to yourself- Everyone has their own set of germs on their tooth brush, so never share, no matter how close you are to that person. If you store your toothbrush with another brush make sure they don’t touch. Every time toothbrushes touch, they have a chance to swap germs.
If you have any questions or are interested in more ways to obtain overall great oral health call Cline Dental at 417-885-7040 or visit our website at https://www.clinedental.org.