“Limited research has suggested that even after being visibly rinsed clean, toothbrushes can remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms.” That is a quote from a report on oral health by the Centers for Disease Control and some of those words may sound pretty serious. A pathogen for instance promotes disease and when we think of our toothbrush being exposed we can ponder up all kinds of nasty scenarios. The good news is that there are steps that we can take to keep our toothbrushes free of the pathogens that can make us sick.
First things first. Germs are easily transferred so make sure to wash your hands with warm soapy water before you reach for that toothpaste tube. After you’ve brushed for a full two minutes cleanse your toothbrush with hot water to get rid of excess toothpaste or any food particles that may have been caught in the bristles.
It’s good to share but not when it comes to your toothbrush. If you use the same brush as your roommate or spouse you will be putting yourself at risk from the germs that you will also be sharing with him or her.
Dentists recommend that patients invest in a new brush every 3 to 4 months or more often if the bristles become worn. This rule applies to electronic brush heads as well.
Southland Dental schedules regular patient checkups for the prevention of oral disease. Call 720-886-0606 for your appointment.