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Do You Need to Change Your Toothbrush if You Get Sick?

Posted on 12/21/2020 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
Do You Need to Change Your Toothbrush if You Get Sick?Of the many at-home dental care practices and techniques that people should abide by, one of the most commonly misunderstood and even flat out ignored recommendations has to do with replacing toothbrushes. Not only do many people continue to use a brush far past the suggested time-frame of three months, but there are also other situations when they should be replaced even sooner. So, should you change your toothbrush after you have been sick?

The Threat of Lingering Germs and Bacteria

The fact is that your toothbrush already carries a number of unpleasant things on it as it is. However, a thorough rinsing following your brushing session and allowing it to air dry will kill most of it simply by being exposed to oxygen. But what about those lingering cold or flu germs?

While the likelihood of being reinfected is a matter of debate, the fact of the matter is that many oral health professionals recommend replacing it even if it's just a precaution.

Avoiding Spreading the Illness to Family Members

Not only would it probably be best to replace your toothbrush following your illness, but you should also take special precaution to avoid passing the sickness on to any family members or roommates during it as well. Many people use community brush holders which can allow the germs from your brush to spread to theirs if they come in contact with one another.

Also, using a separate tube of toothpaste, perhaps a travel size is advisable as well. That way the germs are not transferred from the tube to other brushes.

To learn more about basic oral health practices such as toothbrush care, flossing and others, contact our clinic today. Our dental professionals are always ready to help our new and returning patients with any of their questions.

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