Do I Have to Replace My Toothbrush Every Time I’m Sick?

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The question everyone is asking, “Do I have to get rid of my toothbrush after I had the flu?” The answer is, sometimes! Thanks to your immune system your body knows how to fight off the illness and will prevent attracting that exact same illness again.

Bacterias are almost always present on your toothbrush. It can be contaminated before you buy it, due to unsterile packaging. Various studies have shown that germs can grow on toothbrushes too! However, there is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific oral health effects.

It may not be necessary to change your toothbrush, specifically after you get sick. However it’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush at least every 3 to 4 months. Your toothbrush naturally develops into a habitat for germs and microorganisms that live in your mouth. If you have a compromised immune system on the other hand it may be more important to consistently change your brush as to not develop health issues that affect your ability to fight off infection.

Book your next dental checkup with Exploits Valley Dental Office today! We’ll remind you of some great oral hygiene tips!

– Dr. Douglas Musseau

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