The mouth and teeth are one of the leading portals for bacteria to invade the human body, and the toothbrush touches many corners of the teeth and the mouth every day. Many germs will inevitably be hidden in the gap of the toothbrush. And toothpaste is often left more or less on the toothbrush, and the food residue and bacteria in the mouth will enter the toothbrush. Besides, the toothbrush is placed in a damp bathroom for a long time, and the toothpaste contains a certain amount of sucrose, which also provides excellent conditions for the growth and reproduction of bacteria. Therefore, if the toothbrush is not cleaned or replaced regularly, it will pose an individual threat to the health of the human body. So, one must keep toothbrush clean to avoid any dental issues.
Change Toothbrush Often
American dental experts have tested the used toothbrushes and made bacterial cultures. Many toothbrushes were in contaminating with Candida albicans, Streptococcus hemolytic, Klebsiella pneumonia, and Staphylococcus. The new toothbrush has been used for more than 3-4 weeks, and many of the above bacteria have been to reproduce. Such a toothbrush has become a source of infection for some diseases. These bacteria lick the machine every day, through the gingival mucosa and oropharyngeal mucosa that people directly swallow or break. Also, continuously it invades the human body, causing gingivitis, chronic pharyngitis, stomatitis and enteritis, sepsis, sepsis, rheumatic myocarditis and diseases such as nephritis. Therefore, dental experts recommend that for people with inflammation of the mouth, low body immunity, and organ transplant surgery, it is best to change a new toothbrush every month. Patients with colds and flu should also replace their new toothbrushes after recovery.
How Can You Keep Toothbrush Clean?
When you buy a new brush, be sure to wash it with soap and water before first use. The brushes are usually made in reasonably clean environments but not “sterile” ones. Factory workers typically handle them at various stages of production.
After brushing, rinse with cold water, ensuring that there is no debris left between the bristles, then shake off the moisture and finally “pinch dry” with a clean towel. If a brush is dry, bacteria can’t grow on it. The worst thing you can do is to put a plastic cap over the wet bristles. Why create excellent bacteria incubator.
Moreover, Bacteria need water to live. So, if a toothbrush is poorly dried or moist, it can support bacterial growth. The best way to make sure your brush is bacteria-free is to wash the toothbrush and bristles in cold water, shake off the excess water, then to pinch dry the hairs with a clean cloth. But don’t just let it sit there, hoping it will dry on its own.
Should you want to place it in alcohol, that too will be helpful. Keep in mind that there are different kinds of alcohols with different strengths. To be extra careful, you can always wash the brush in cold water, shake off excess water, dry it with a clean towel, then place it in alcohol (for example rubbing alcohol), then shake off the excess, then dry it with a clean cloth. Overkill or just a great precaution? I never read a study on the benefits of this practice.