This is a question we don’t think about too often but none the less, something we should be thinking about while performing our daily brushing. The answer to the question is yes, germs can live within the bristles of your toothbrush. This is why following these simple steps can put your mind at ease when you’re doing your daily dental deed.
1. Wash your hands before and after handling your toothbrush.
2. Give your toothbrush a thorough rinse with hot water before and after brushing your teeth.
3. Store your toothbrush properly by storing it upright and allow it to air dry. Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container, this will give bacteria a place to grow. Harmful bacteria die when exposed to long periods of oxygen.
4. Throw away your brush after you or your family members have been sick. You could always throw it in the dishwasher without soap rather then buying a new brush if you wish.
5. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or when it shows signs of wear. You’ll know when it’s time because your teeth won’t feel as clean and you usually have to work harder to get them clean with a frayed, worn out brush.
6. Don’t share your toothbrush. Saliva and bacteria can be transferred by sharing toothbrushes, even the kind of bacteria that cause cavities. Tooth decay is considered an infectious disease, which is why you will want to refrain from sharing toothbrushes with ANYBODY.