There is no doubt that toothbrushes are the ideal weapon to achieve good oral health. Whether they are electric or if they are manual brushes, their daily use is essential to avoid tartar, tooth decay, periodontal diseases and other complications in our mouth.
But, like everything else, brushes require hygiene, maintenance and renewal. And, according to numerous studies, if not, it is possible that your sows are the favorite accommodation of bacteria, fungi and germs, where they can grow and reproduce, transmitting to the mouth and body multiple microorganisms responsible for diseases and pathologies.
The mouth is the part of the body that harbors the most bacteria. Consequently, when we use the brush to clean it every day, such microorganisms can pass from the mouth to the brush and vice versa, from the brush to the oral cavity, in a continuous cross contamination.
If in addition, like the vast majority, you keep your toothbrush in the bathroom, as it would seem the most logical and comfortable, you have to keep in mind that it is the wettest space in the house, where every time we pull the chain from the toilet, there is a massive proliferation of intestinal bacteria and fecal germs by sprinkling that can easily end up between the bristles of your brush, especially if we do not lower the toilet lid or ventilate sufficiently.
And, according to a study from the University of Manchester, those of the Flu, Herpes simplex type 1, E. coli, Streptococci or Staphylococci are some of the microorganisms that can be found in a toothbrush of any person up to a half of 10 million bacteria.
YOUR DENTIST IN VALENCIA GIVES YOU SOME INDICATIONS
- Are you going to brush your teeth? Wash your hands beforehand with soap and warm water.
- Rinse the brush with hot water after brushing, removing traces of saliva and paste.
- Store it vertically and in the air without covering while it is wet.
- Periodically, immerse it in an antibacterial mouthwash. You will reduce the number of bacteria that proliferate in sows. And even, immerse it in a tablet used to clean dentures once every 15 days.
- Change the brush every three to four months and always after a cold, flu or oral infection, since, when the germs remain in the brush, they could reactivate the infection again.
- Never use someone else’s brush. Not even that of your partner, son or brother. No one’s And avoid contact with other brushes. For example, in the same glass.
They are simple measures that largely prevent cross-transmission of bacteria between brushes with our mouth so that we make sure we get an efficient brushing of teeth and gums free of bacteria and unexpected infections.
Ah! As a curiosity; Did you know that a toothbrush, since you undo it, takes more than 400 years to degrade? So, once you are going to renew it, do it well and put it in a clean spot or in the appropriate recycling container, which in this case is gray, not in the yellow intended for recycling plastics!
Request your appointment online or through the phone. 96 3303344 or 96 0500242 or on our website www.clinicadentalponssoria.com and consult with your dentist in Valencia.
We will be happy to assist you in our clinics on Alfredo Torán and Olmos, 7 (corner Avda. Francia, 27) and Gran Vía Marqués del Turia, 37 – under right. Valencia.
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