As you reach for your toothbrush every morning, probably don’t realize what’s hanging out on its bristles. Brace yourself! Researchers have found that a single toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria. In fact, studies have found that your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms. Toothbrushes can become contaminated with oral microbial organisms whenever they are placed in the mouth. Toothbrushes also don’t have to be sold in sterile packaging, so they may even have bacteria right out of the box.
How often should you replace your toothbrush? Is a question that most of us might not know the answer to. To be fair, there isn’t a real specific answer, however the American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush about every three months.
There is a proper way to clean and handle your toothbrush right after usage to ensure yourself a greater chance of less bacteria. Make sure to run your toothbrush under tap water and then let it air dry in an upright position. You should allow sufficient time for your toothbrush to dry before you decide to use it again. If you are really worried about bacteria and germs, soak your tooth brush in a mouth wash solution, or use some hydrogen peroxide mixed with water to form your own solution!
For more information about your oral health, call the dentists of Dental Associates of Hoboken, NJ at 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.
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