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Regularly Sanitizing Your Toothbrush is Good for You


Posted on 4/25/2017 by Dr. Janice Pliszczak
A collection of toothbrushes inside of a cup.
Do you know the dangers that may be lurking in your toothbrush? If not, then you should be concerned. Most toothbrushes contain so many germs and bacteria that you could get sick from using it even once.

Instead of putting those germs into your mouth, you should be sanitizing your toothbrush regularly. The more germs you get out, the less likely you are to get sick from trying to take care of yourself.

What Germs Lurk in Your Toothbrush


Look at the bristles of your toothbrush. On those thin strands can live a lot of germs, such as those that cause strep, staph, cold sores, and even oral cancer. Did you know that E.coli is even able to live on your toothbrush?

It's true. It flies up each time you flush the toilet if your toothbrush is stored out in your bathroom. There can be microscopic mildew growth on your toothbrush, and there can even be germs from the food you have eaten in the last few days. Each time you brush, you are introducing many, if not all of those germs back into your system.

How to Get Rid of Those Germs


The best way to keep those germs gone, is to keep your toothbrush sanitized on a regular basis. This can be done by soaking it in antibacterial mouthwash or peroxide, by boiling your toothbrush for three minutes, once or twice per week, or even by tossing your toothbrush into the dishwasher now and again to get it clean.

To find out more about how to keep your toothbrush clean and sanitized, speak with your dentist. They can give you tips and tricks they have found to work best, and then they can also make sure your mouth is going to be able to remain healthy.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.

Janice Pliszczak, DDS
4525 W Seneca Turnpike,
Syracuse, NY 13215-9785
Phone: (315) 800-5020

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