Ask Dr. Harrison: Do germs really live on toothbrushes?

Great question! Fall is upon us, and with it comes the dreaded cold and flu season. After recovering from your cold, Dr. Harrison will tell you one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush!

Germs can linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart – keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

In fact, currently at CVS, the Sonicare toothbrush is on sale for $39.99 and you will receive $5 of CVS bucks with your purchase. For our patients, we also have coupons for $10.00 off available in our office if you would like to come by and get one! See you soon!! We hope these tips help! Feel free to call us at Harrison Orthodontics if you have any questions or ask us on Facebook. We hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!

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