There are many illnesses out there that can cause recontamination when the same toothbrush is used. By knowing which illnesses these are, you can better take care of yourself.
Our dentists share the information on which those are, while also letting you know that you should switch out your regularly used toothbrush every 3 months, as well. This is for better oral health overall.
Strep ThroatThe bacteria that live on the toothbrush may or may not die out when in contact with oxygen. However, it is best to remove the toothbrush and purchase a new one to reduce the chances of reinfecting yourself again with the same bacteria.
Harsh ColdsHarsh colds where the presence of the bacteria in the mouth are common are also another illness that you should rid your toothbrush for. You don't want to keep getting the sniffles because you continue to put the same germs in your mouth.
The FluThe flu is a serious sickness and sometimes people become so sick that they end up in the hospital. This is why using the same toothbrush is never recommended. Throw it out and purchase a new one. It can be worth it to not have the flu a second time around, once you start to feel better.
Usually any illness that is oral related, comes from a bacterium and has the chance of reoccurring should require a new toothbrush. This is because you can reinfect yourself and have to go through the same process over again. It is best to be safe.
Speak with our dentists regarding the proper oral hygiene care and tips that can help you have healthier, cleaner teeth overall. Schedule an appointment to meet with one of the dentists today to have a cleaning and exam. Good dental care starts here!
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (360) 836-1100 today.