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Do you really have to change your toothbrush after you’ve been sick?


Even though, you have been really sick or even sore throat. You still can use the same toothbrush after you’re getting better. But yes, germs can still live in your toothbrush for few hours or up to few days because of the moist bristles. However, you don’t have to worry. As long as they are your own germs, You will not get sick again from the old toothbrush that you use while you’re sick. It’s because you have built up antibodies after your sickness. The germs will be wiped out when entering your immune system. Don’t forget that if you share the toothbrush with someone else, they definitely could get sick.

Things you should do

  • Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles getting frayed. Especially, for the kids, they might have to change toothbrush more often. As they tend to be harder on brushing than adults.
  • Make sure you clean your brush properly. Let it dry out between uses. Always store it upright position after use.
  • Keeping your toothbrush in the closed container allow the bacteria to grow faster.
  • People who have weakened immune systems might have to change the brush more often, that also included after illnesses.
  • Never share your toothbrush with other because toothbrush supposed to be the personals use.

Tips for choosing a toothbrush 

  • Choosing from the size, always choose the brush that fit your mouth and your hand.
  • Go for the soft bristles. They are better than hard one which could damage your gums
  • Whichever easy for you to use either manual or powered toothbrush.
  • Choose the brush that has ADA seal on the box. To make sure that the bristles are not too hard 


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