After you’ve had an illness, like the flu or strep throat, the last thing on your mind is your toothbrush! You’re just trying to get back to normal. The problem is that your toothbrush is the very thing that can keep you from feeling normal! Germs can live on your toothbrush between brushings, which means you could reinfect yourself the next time you brush! Follow these guidelines below to keep you, and your family, healthy while recovering from an illness.
1) Don’t Share Germs
Keep toothbrushes separate in your household. Do you have a community cup that hold all of the brushes? Try keeping them separate! Don’t share a toothbrush, and don’t store your toothbrush with the rest of your family’s as this allows a transfer of bacteria to occur. Pretty soon, your entire house will come down with the yucks!
2) Keep Extra Brushes Handy
Switch your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. To make this a smooth transition, keep extra toothbrushes under your sink for emergencies. Toss the old toothbrush away as soon as you’re feeling better, and keep those germs out of your mouth!
3) Follow the Three Month Rule
You should be switching out your toothbrush every three months regardless of your health. This not only protects your from bacteria, but it also ensures that your toothbrush bristles are in good shape to clean your teeth. Children should replace their brushes more often than three months.
Taking care of your toothbrush is one simple way to keep yourself healthy. By making these guidelines household rules, you can improve the health of your family. Contact us today to learn more about the impact of your toothbrush! We’d love to help you get a healthier, happier smile!