Good dental hygiene keep bacteria away from you, prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. It is easy to forget that toothbrushes need replacement but disposing of an old toothbrush is very important for maintaining healthy gums and teeth.
Dentists recommend that adults and children replace their toothbrush at least three months to four months. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to keep any bacteria from spreading.
Do not share toothbrushes because sharing a toothbrush could result in an exchange of body fluids and microorganisms between the users of the toothbrush, placing the individuals involved at an increased risk for infections.
When you are down with cold, once you have gotten over, you need to dispose of your toothbrush that you have been using. Since many diseases and sicknesses can be present in the mouth and saliva, it is likely that your toothbrush is housing some remaining virus or bacteria and needs to be discarded for your well-being. If not, these agents can reproduce or sit on your toothbrush and later re-infect you with the same cold that you already had if you don’t get rid of it.
For cleaning, thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated to prevent cross-contamination.