Caring for your teeth is very important, caring for your tooth brush is just as important to make sure that is remains hygienic so it can do the best job possible.

Did you know that your tooth brush may have Staphylococci, coliforms, pseudomonads, yeasts, intestinal bacteria and, yes even faecal germs on it!!

The way we store and also look after our toothbrush is very important in our oral hygiene and achieving the best results in removing plaque. Your mouth is home to hundreds of different microorganisms, which can be transferred to your tooth brush during use. Most toothbrushes are stored in the bathroom which exposes them to gastrointestinal microorganisms that may be transferred via a fecal-oral route.

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Can bacteria from the toilet really reach your toothbrush?

The answer is yes. Bacteria from your intestines can transfer to your toothbrush and then into your mouth when you brush. This can occur from not washing your hands thoroughly enough, or due to microscopic droplets of contaminated water released during flushing.

Is there a way I can clean my tooth brush to help remove the germs?

You should thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after use with clean tap water to remove any toothpaste or debris. It has also been shown to help if you soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash over night which can help prevent the growth of bacteria on the toothbrush.

How should I store my tooth brush to prevent germs and bacteria building up?

The recommendations are that you do not keep your toothbrush in a closed container as damp warm conditions encourage the growth of bacteria. It is best to store toothbrushes in an upright position and allow them to air dry until the next use.

How often should I replace my toothbrush? 

Most dentists recommend that you change your tooth brush every 3 months, as after this amount of time, due to wear and tear the tooth brush will become less effective at doing its job. So replace it with a new one and it will effectively remove plaque from your teeth and gums.

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Fun facts about your tooth brush and teeth:

-More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

-The average toothbrush contains about 2,5000 bristles grouped into about 40 tufts per toothbrush.

-The average woman smiles about 62 times a day, while a man smiles on average 8 times a day!!

-How people take care of their teeth is often a reflection on how they feel about their selves.

-Like your fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different!!

-Toothbrush bristles have been made of nylon since the 1930’s.

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If you have any questions about oral health, and would like to book a check up then do not hesitate to call the practice and book on 01474 537 191.