Posted on 10/23/2019

Staying Healthy This Cold & Flu Season: Keep Your Toothbrush Clean!

Anyone can catch a cold or flu at nearly anytime, and during any season. That said, the months of November through March are what most health care providers refer to as cold and flu season. People prepare themselves for cold and flu season in a variety of ways: flu shots, upping their Vitamin C intake, and practicing good hygiene. One of the best ways to avoid getting sick during this time of the year is to keep your hands washed or sanitized - but did you know that keeping your toothbrush clean can also help prevent the spread of illness?

How To Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

It is best practice to not share your toothbrush with another person or family member, as germs can collect anywhere, even on the cleanest of surfaces. If you’re worried about the current cleanliness of your family’s toothbrushes, there are a few ways to clean your current toothbrush: boiling the toothbrush for 3 minutes, soaking the brush in mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide, or using a UV toothbrush sanitizing device. To avoid sharing germs with neighboring brushes, keep your toothbrush covered when it is not in use. A quick and affordable way to do this is to buy a toothbrush cover for every member of your family, especially if you store all of your brushes in close proximity, such as within the same cup or cabinet.

A Toothbrush Doesn’t Last Forever

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, but if you or your child is recovering from a cold or flu, it’s a good idea to toss your toothbrush once you’re on the mend. Germs can reside on your toothbrush and extend your sickness or, worse, cause it to return altogether.

Oral Care Advice From Dr. Jacob Myers, Your East Lansing Pediatric Dentist

Our team at the dental office of Dr. Jacob Myers is dedicated to helping your child live a happy and healthy life by practicing proper oral hygiene. In addition to modeling healthy habits at home, be sure to bring your child in for a pediatric dental check-up every six months. We look forward to seeing you soon!