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Using a Toothbrush Post Illness

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When to Toss the Toothbrush

Toothbrushes should be replaced every three or four months. Vigorous brushers might need to replace their toothbrush even more frequently. Why? Worn out bristles become less effective at cleaning. Plus, frayed and loose bristles can get caught in between your teeth.

Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean

To keep bacteria from growing on your toothbrush, you’ll want to rinse it well after using it. Store it in an upright position in a toothbrush holder. Putting a wet toothbrush in a case can keep it from drying out, which encourages bacteria to multiply.

What About After a Cold?

Many people toss their toothbrushes after they have been hit with a virus. This is perfectly fine to do if it makes you feel better to start over with a fresh toothbrush. However, there’s no need to throw it away if you don’t want to. You’ve probably heard the saying “you can’t catch the same cold twice,” which is true, assuming you don’t have a severely compromised immune system. This is because your body has created antibodies that know how to fight off that particular illness, so you don’t have to worry about reinfecting yourself with the same germs.

How Can I Keep Germs From Spreading?

When you have a cold you certainly don’t want to infect everyone in the entire household if you can avoid it. Clean the areas you’ve spent the most time in by doing things like washing your bedsheets and wiping down surfaces with antibacterial wipes. When it comes to your toothbrush, you’ll want to make sure that it is not stored too close to someone else’s toothbrush, since that is an easy way for germs to transfer.

It’s Okay Not to Share

Of course, you will also want to make sure that no one else uses your toothbrush, because that would be highly unsanitary (and gross!) If you share your tube of toothpaste with someone else and you think your toothbrush may have come in contact with the rim of the tube, you might want to keep that one for yourself and buy a new one for your spouse, child, or roommate.

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