Studies have shown that people who share a bathroom are more likely to have contaminated toothbrushes that are loaded with bacteria. This is due to bacteria that builds up from sources such as the toilet, shower, and other toothbrushes. The storing of toothbrushes should be done carefully and in a spot where bacteria will have difficulty accessing. At Elite Dental Arts we recommend keeping your toothbrush away from the sink so water doesn’t splash when hands are being washed and contracting bacteria. Avoiding the toilet area for storage is also suggested for obvious bacterial reasons.
Some tips to keep toothbrushes safe that Dr. Nick Mobilia recommends are changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, avoiding sharing, and rinsing the excess water after brushing. Something that people don't realize is that when toothbrushes touch they spread bacteria and the brushes can become contaminated and unsafe to use.
To learn more about the importance of properly storing your toothbrush along with other services we offer, visit our website at www.elitedentalarts.com for more information.
Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017