Don’t ruin your summer vacation with a cold! Everyone traveling or out in public can expect exposure to germs. Without locking yourself in a bubble, your best defenses are to wash your hands and avoid people who are sick. Germs are everywhere, but one place that should be germ-free, is your toothbrush! Ensure that your entire family keeps their toothbrushes clean to fight germs and keep everyone healthy.

Don’t Share Toothbrushes

Never share your toothbrush, even within your family to prevent cross-contamination. Sharing a toothbrush is sharing germs and other micro-organisms that can cause infections. Each member of your family should have their own toothbrush.

Take Time to Wash Your Hands

Another simple way to ensure you aren’t picking up germs is to wash your hands. Wash your hands before brushing your teeth to prevent you from spreading any germs from your hand onto your toothbrush and, ultimately, inside your mouth.

Rinse Your Toothbrush

Every time you use your toothbrush, don’t forget to rinse it off. Run it under the faucet for several moments to ensure that it is clean. Make sure the brush is free of toothpaste, food particles and other debris.

Let the Toothbrush Dry

After you have used your toothbrush and rinsed it, store it upright to let it dry completely. A toothbrush holder that allows both the top and bottom of your toothbrush the chance to breathe is an ideal option.

Replace Your Toothbrush

Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months will prevent the spread of germs.  If the bristles on your brush become damaged or frayed before then, you need to replace it sooner. Bristles that are worn can’t efficiently clean your teeth, increasing your chance for dental disease. Aspen Creek Dental will send you home with a new toothbrush after each check up to make this easier. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call.