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Some Illnesses Mean You Should Replace Your Toothbrush

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
An electric toothbrushToothbrushes are your first line of defense against bacteria and other pathogens. By brushing, you eliminate bacteria that could lead to dental problems. It is vital to keep your toothbrush in good condition at all times. You should also replace your toothbrush after a certain period. Extended use of a worn-out toothbrush does more harm than good. Many factors make it necessary to replace your toothbrush. Experiencing certain illnesses is one of the reasons you should change your toothbrush. This article discusses illnesses that may prompt you to replace your toothbrush.

Common Illnesses That Prompt Toothbrush Replacement

Contracting illnesses like the cold or flu virus necessitates the replacement of your toothbrush. These common viral infections can linger on your toothbrush bristles, posing a risk of re-exposure when brushing. Continued use of the same toothbrush increases the likelihood of reintroducing the virus into your system.

To minimize the risk of viral transmission, it is crucial to promptly replace your toothbrush after recovering from illnesses like the flu or cold. Despite variations in individual recovery times, the general recommendation is to discard the old toothbrush and obtain a new one once you are free of symptoms.

It is essential not to overlook the significance of proper disposal to prevent potential exposure to others. Safely disposing of the old toothbrush ensures that it does not contaminate household members or others who may come into contact with it.

Take Care of Your Teeth

You can also re-contract other illnesses like coronavirus, rhinovirus, bird flu virus, and herpes virus if you keep using the same toothbrush. The saliva exchange mainly causes these viruses; when you brush, some parts of your saliva remain on the toothbrush. Using the same toothbrush after healing will re-expose you to the same virus. It is always a good idea to replace your toothbrush after such illnesses. Contact our offices for more information on when to replace your toothbrush after getting sick.

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