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Reasons to Sanitize Your Toothbrush

Posted on 6/25/2019 by Dr. Chapko
Reasons to Sanitize Your ToothbrushWhile you already know that a toothbrush isn't meant to last forever, what you may not know is that you should sanitize your toothbrush throughout the time you do have it. There are several reasons for doing this.

You may think that you're living a truly healthy lifestyle and so you find yourself wondering why you have a runny nose, sore throat, or cough that won't go away. The culprit could quite possibly be your toothbrush.

There are millions of bacteria and germs living in your mouth. When you're brushing your teeth, they can easily move from there onto the head of your toothbrush. The National Dental Association says this can lengthen the duration of a cold by reintroducing the germs back into your body. If you have an immune disorder or suffer from a chronic illness, this is especially dangerous. Of course, the Centers for Disease Control would argue that while this happens, you're introduced to millions of germs on a daily basis, so whether you decide to sanitize your toothbrush is a personal choice.

Ongoing Health Issues

Speaking of having a chronic illness or an immune disorder, if this applies to you, then you will most likely want to consider sanitizing your toothbrush. By doing so you're taking preventative steps that will help you guard against an unforeseen but potential health problem. So, once again, it's honestly up to you whether you want to take the time to sanitize your toothbrush.

To Sanitize or not Sanitize is the Question
All this information can be very confusing, and we understand this and the fact that it's a personal preference. That's why we're always here to answer any questions you may have. For more information about sanitizing your toothbrush, contact our office so we can make sure we get all your questions answered correctly.
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