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Do You Disinfect Your Toothbrush?

Posted on 8/10/2016 by Boeckel
A close up of a woman's toothbrush needing to be disinfected.Most people are not in the habit of disinfecting their toothbrush, but maybe they should be. Studies have found that as many as 60% of people who use communal bathrooms to store their toothbrushes, currently have small bits of fecal matter sitting in the bristles of their brush.

That's right, you may have toilet residue going into your mouth each time you brush. Now, before you run out and buy a new toothbrush to use each day, there are things that you can do to help.

Keeping Your Toothbrush Safe from Floating Debris

In order to keep your toothbrush safe from anything floating in the air, you need to make sure that you cover it when it is not in use. Simply setting it inside the mirror on your bathroom wall keeps some of the debris off of your toothbrush, but each time the mirror gets opened, those little particles come right back in.

Consider getting a case to keep your toothbrush in. The ones that seal tight are the best, so long as you know how to properly use them. If you get one that doesn't vent very well, you could wind up with mildew growing in the bristles, which isn't really any better. If your case closes without vents, make sure you only put a dry toothbrush in it to avoid that. Otherwise, just opt for one with vents along the side.

Properly sealing off your toothbrush can easily keep it from harboring germs and other debris. If this isn't realistic for you, then regularly dip the bristles of your toothbrush into boiling water to disinfect them.

This will keep your mouth safer than using a toothbrush that has anything that may be living in it. Just make sure that you keep your toothbrush from touching surfaces that may already have that floating debris on them.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your toothbrush.









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