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Getting Sick Means Getting a New Toothbrush to Remain Healthy

Posted on 5/10/2017 by Fady Ebid
A toothbrush with toothpaste on it.
After being sick, you'll do whatever it takes to not get sick again. This process can involve anything from changing bedsheets, to cleaning the house, to scrubbing utensils. As a part of your cleaning ritual, don't forget to throw away your toothbrush in favor of a new one.

Can Your Toothbrush Reinfect You?

When you get sick, your body develops antibodies to help fight it off. This means that once you have a specific strain of cold, your body can defend itself from the same exact invasion. So, in essence, no, you cannot get reinfected with the same illness.

Toothbrushes Harbor Bacteria

Your toothbrush can house all kinds of bacteria - the flu, staph, e-coli, strep. While you cannot be reinfected with the exact same illness you just got over, that does not mean you cannot catch another strain.

If, for instance, you are suffering from a cold that just doesn't seem to give up (you have it for several weeks), you are more than likely experiencing several different strains of cold. As soon as your body learns how to fight one strain, a new one is introduced. By starting fresh with a new toothbrush, you can limit this risk.

Risk of Spreading to Others
Just because your body has learned how to fight off a specific illness, this does not mean that the immune systems of everyone else in your household can do the same. If you store your toothbrushes near to one another, while the risk is small, your germs can cross contaminate the bristles of someone else's brush. For this reason, it is best to replace everyone's toothbrushes.

Regular Replacement of Toothbrushes

Regardless of being sick, you should replace your toothbrush approximately every 3 months. Unfortunately, many people tend to forget this rule. So, after being sick, replacing your toothbrush is a good way to start the process, especially if you can't remember the last time it was done.

Replacing your toothbrush right after being sick can help to prevent new illnesses, as well as spreading the illness to other family members. Contact our office to learn more.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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Marietta, GA 30062

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