The common household toothbrush. Every home has at least one, and at Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we hope our patients all brush their teeth after each meal. Regular brushing and flossing are still the most important things you can do for your dental health.
It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But when you’ve got a healthy immune system, they pose no threat.
That said, a few common-sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrushes.
- Be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.
- Bacteria like a moist environment, so store your toothbrush upright so it can dry completely between uses.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
- Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep your risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath low.
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