Do You Replace Your Toothbrush Each Time You Get Sick?

When you get sick, you know that you have to be careful about the spread of germs. If you don’t carefully contain each cough, sneeze, and sniffle, others could get very sick.

However, one of the things that most people do not realize is that each time they use their toothbrush when they are sick, they put those germs on their toothbrush.

Then, when you brush next, the increased bacteria are now put back into your mouth, potentially getting you even sicker. So what options do you have?

What to Do with Your Toothbrush When You Get Sick

You have a couple different options when it comes to keeping yourself healthy when you are sick. First, you can flip out your toothbrush as soon as you notice you are getting sick and only use it when you are sick. Then, when you feel better, or after 24 hours on an antibiotic if you get one, you get a totally new toothbrush again.

Second, you can regularly sanitize your toothbrush to keep those germs from multiplying. This can be done in the dishwasher, by boiling your toothbrush, or even by keeping your toothbrush stored in a little bit of mouthwash that is antibacterial. That way, you are actively keeping the germs off of your toothbrush, and ergo, out of your mouth.

When you get sick, it is not only others that you have to worry about. You need to make sure that you are taking care of yourself, too. The best way to do that is to keep more germs from entering your system.

If you regularly get sick, or want a bit more advice about how to keep yourself healthier, contact our office. They can give you a list of things to do that can help keep the germs from getting the better of you.