The truth about your toothbrush- It's Ugly!
You've heard it all before; replace your toothbrush every 3 months. That may be over simplifying things if you are trying to be healthy and avoid colds and infection. Did you know that some viruses and bacteria from an infected mouth can live for weeks on a toothbrush?
Keeping it clean is the first thing to do. Wash it with soapy water, soak the head in your mouthwash or easiest yet, run it through the dishwasher like an eating utensil. The simple act of just rinsing it with tap water and letting it dry thoroughly will help a little, but if you have a systemic illness or immune disorder, you may want to take an extra step.
If you share a toothbrush holder or your brush with another, you are sharing their germs as well. At Lake Grove Dental we work hard to reduce and monitor the levels of bacteria in your mouth and encourage our patients to maintain a healthy oral ecosystem. The main bacteria known to cause tooth decay is infectious through saliva and transmissible with even a simple kiss, let alone sharing a toothbrush!
Experts say your toothbrush should be ultra-soft (never medium or hard) and with bristles that are unfrayed. If the bristles have changed shape or show signs of wear on a manual or electric brush, it's time to replace them. A toothbrush only costs $2-3, which is a small price to pay for keeping your mouth healthy.
Lake Grove Dental
16455 Boones Ferry Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035