It’s true, there are several kinds of bacteria that can hide on the bristles of your toothbrush, including streptococci, staphylococci, Herpes Simplex I, and the Influenza virus. To protect your toothbrush from bacteria, we recommend following these three tips:
- Wash your hands before and after brushing
- Allow the brush to air dry after each use, bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen. Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or after being ill. Worn bristles are less effective and can actually be damaging on your teeth if used too long.
We hope these tips help!
Contact Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center if you have additional questions.
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