CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re advised to brush our teeth two to three times a day. Imagine how many germs are on that brush after so much usage. That’s why Orthodontist Dr. Janice Yanni recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months.
If you’re sick, those germs will stay on the bristles of your toothbrush. They could not only prolong a sickness, but get others in your household sick if the toothbrushes come in contact with each other.
Dr. Yanni said, “If you have the flu, or you’re sick, as soon as your child or yourself get over the flu, you would want to replace your toothbrush right away. When you’re done brushing, you would want to stand it upright and store it and you want to also make sure that the other toothbrushes aren’t contacting other family members’.”
If you have a retainer, she said those can trap in germs too. Clean the retainer each day and make sure its case is dry to avoid mold or germs to grow.
Many people keep a special toothbrush in a case for each time they travel. Dr. Yanni advised getting a new toothbrush for each trip and cleaning out the case you keep it in.