Your Toothbrush Can Harm

Posted on : 06-04-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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There are more bacteria in the mouth than anywhere else in your body,
and some of them get on your toothbrush when you brush your teeth. In
addition, most people store their toothbrush in the bathroom, which
tends to contain numerous airborne bacteria because of the warm,
moist environment. The mere presence of bacteria on a toothbrush can
or will lead to illness.

What can you do?

Here are some common-sense steps you can take:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and
after brushing or flossing.
2. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with warm water and store it
upright to air-dry.
3. Don’t cover your toothbrush or place it in a closed container
until it is completely dry. A moist environment can foster bacterial
4. Use a completely dry toothbrush. Everyone should have two
toothbrushes to give ample time (24 hours) for it to dry out in
between uses.
5. Don’t share a toothbrush with anyone. Also, don’t store
toothbrushes in a way that might cause them to touch and spread
6. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months. Dentists
recommend this practice not as prevention against contamination, but
because toothbrushes wear out and become less effective at cleaning
7. Always replace your toothbrush after a cold or other illness to
prevent contamination.
8. If you or someone else in your family is sick, that person should
use a different tube of toothpaste (travel size, for example), to
prevent spreading germs to other toothbrushes.
9. Don’t clean your toothbrush in the microwave or dishwasher this
will damage the toothbrush.
10. Rinse and air-dry your toothbrush and store it upright.

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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