You are diligent about rinsing off your toothbrush every time you brush, so it must be clean, right? Wrong. Here are some disturbing truths about your toothbrush, no matter how diligent you are about keeping it clean.
If You Keep Your Toothbrush by the Sink, It Is Being Contaminated Every Time You Wash Your Hands
Most of us keep our toothbrush in a holder by the sink. It just makes sense to keep it in easy reach of the area where we will be using it. But unbeknownst to most of us, every time we wash our hands we are splashing our toothbrush with the dirt we are cleaning off of our hands. Ew.
When You Flush the Toilet Airborne Bacteria Can Settle On Your Toothbrush
Flushing the toilet with the lid open can send illness causing bacteria and viruses into the air where it settles on surfaces around your bathroom, including your toothbrush. Again, ew.
Storing Family Toothbrushes Together And Sharing Toothpaste Leads to the Transfer of Germs
Most families store toothbrushes together in a holder, but this can actually lead to the transference of germs and bacteria from one toothbrush to another. And everyone sharing the same tube of toothpaste can have the same effect, especially when sharing toothpaste with young children who are more likely to rub the opening of the toothpaste container against their toothbrush bristles as they squeeze out paste.
Putting a Plastic Cap on Your Toothbrush Creates a Breeding Ground For Mold and Bacteria
You may think that by putting a plastic cap on your toothbrush after you use it you are keep bacteria out, but the truth is that you are keeping it in and giving it the perfect place to grow. Plastic caps keep out air and lock moisture in, turning your toothbrush into ground zero for mold and bacteria. Double ew.
The Solution to Keeping Your Toothbrush Germ Free
Now that you know the disturbing truth about your toothbrush, what do you do about it? Consider having a separate tube of toothpaste for each family member, make sure you and every member of your family flush the toilet with the lid closed, make sure not to store toothbrushes together where the heads might touch one another, and do not use plastic lids for your toothbrush. Also be sure to replace your toothbrush every 3 – 4 months.
Consider Using Intellident Toothbrush Shields
Intellident was nice enough to send my family some of their antimicrobial toothbrush shields, and we have become big believers in using them regularly. These shields protect our toothbrushes from airborne bacteria as well as from back splash when we wash our hands.
They are also super convenient to take to work or when we go out of town to protect our toothbrush on the go.
My husband brushes his teeth in the shower, which for a germ-a-phoebe like me has always kinda grossed me out. He likes to keep his toothbrush in the shower for convenience and I have always thought about the spray from the shower getting on it and it’s so yucky to me. But now he slips the Intellident toothbrush shield on it and can safely store it in the shower without worrying about back spray getting on it.
And we can store our toothbrushes in a holder together without worrying about cross contamination, which with two young children bringing home germs from school everyday is a real concern.
Intellident also makes shields for mouth guards and retainers.
Intellident Toothbrush and Mouth Guard Shields have been proven in laboratory testing to be 99.9% effective against airborne and surface bacteria and they can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, or Drugstore.com. They are inexpensive (only $2.99 for a pack of 10) and will keep your toothbrush bacteria free!
Disclaimer: I was provided free products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are soley my own.