Is Your Family Sharing Too Much?

April 5, 2018

TIP OF THE MONTH

Toothbrushes harbor hidden germs during cold and flu seasons. Studies show that toothbrushes can become heavily contaminated with oral microorganisms because most families store toothbrushes in a common storage space, allowing opportunistic infections such as periodontal disease and the common cold to move from one person to another.

Go Undercover

Your best defense is to use a toothbrush cover. Because splattering water, contact with skin and toothbrushes knocking against one another can all contribute to the spread of bacteria, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Remember to rinse the bristles of your toothbrush thoroughly · Shake any extra moisture from the brush and store it upright
  • Place a cover over the toothbrush head
  • Wash your hands before and after brushing
  • Soak unused brushes in antiseptic mouthwash
  • Use more than one toothbrush to make this process more practical

Protect Yourself From Contamination

The bathroom is usually the most contaminated room in the house! Protect yourself by protecting your toothbrush.

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