8 July 2016
Your teeth do a lot of work every day, probably only the hands and the legs perform more functions everyday.
The functions the teeth performs largely includes eating and biting of nails for those who indulge in the very unhygienic act.
Since the teeth perform mostly food consumption functions, leftover food and drink consumed (the ones not swallowed) are bound to stick to our teeth and gums daily.
What happens to these leftovers when they stay too long is that they decay and form plaques that are very unhealthy for our mouths and teeth.
To get rid of these bacteria and germ causing plaques, brushing the teeth is very important.
Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once helps to maintain healthy oral hygiene and also gives us a confidence boost to talk and smile and kiss because of that fresh mouth feeling.
Though brushing is very good for our teeth since it helps get rid of bacteria and germs, it can be just as dangerous as the bacteria and germs remaining on the teeth if the toothbrush, the tool used for brushing, is not properly taken care of.
This is because the bacteria and germs can stick to the toothbrush as it remains the only place to attach to after being forcefully removed from their former home.
Try looking at your toothbrush with a microscope and you’d be surprised how much bacteria and germs you would see.
A study at the University of Manchester in England revealed that the average toothbrush can contain 10 million or more bacteria.
The research stated further that at any given time there are 100 to 200 species of oral bacteria living in your mouth. These are bacteria that will consequently end up on the toothbrush.
Oral hygiene is not just about brushing your teeth regularly, it is also about taking care of the tool used in the act.
– Store toothbrush away from the toilet
Many people choose to store their toothbrushes in a cup on the bathroom sink, but researchers have found that storing your toothbrush three feet from the toilet might not be healthy as the droplets of water that spray up after you flush remain airborne long enough to settle on surfaces throughout the bathroom – including your toothbrush.
– Rinse toothbrush thoroughly after every use
This is to ensure most of the germs your toothbrush had collected from your teeth are rinsed off. Run it under water and make sure to get every piece of left over toothpaste or debris from the bristles. However, in an attempt to make it clean, do not put it in the dishwasher as this will reduce its effectiveness. You should also clean your toothbrush cases on a regular basis, especially before every use.
– Try not to share toothbrush
If you are living with a partner, it might seem like the logical thing to share a toothbrush, but it’s particularly not the healthy or hygienic thing to do. We know that bacteria from our mouths cling to our toothbrushes, sharing a toothbrush is the easiest way to transfer diseases and infections and especially blood borne viruses because brushing can cause tiny cuts in the mouth through which they can be transmitted.
– Replace your brush after 3/4 months or after being sick
Get a new brush after falling sick; even though there is no evidence of recurring sickness from using the same toothbrush, it won’t hurt to change it all the same. You should also change your brush once the bristles start to fray or become worn because they lose their effectiveness in removing built-up plaques from teeth.
– Never store toothbrush in an airtight travel case
As you try not to store your toothbrush close to your toilet, it also doesn’t help to store it in a case as this only helps bacteria which grow in a damp/moist environment to thrive. Store it preferably near where it can get air to dry and store standing up with the bristles facing outwards.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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