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Have you recently recovered from an illness? Then it’s a good time to throw out that old toothbrush. The reason being that if you have been sick, your toothbrush may be holding onto the germs that can infect others.

You might be married with kids, or share an apartment with friends. In the majority of cases, people will tend to have roommates that share the bathroom. This means your toothbrushes are probably in close proximity to one another, or possibly even in some sort of toothbrush holder inches apart. This is a recipe for germ transference. The transfer can happen even when toothbrushes are stored completely apart. All it takes is one water molecule flying through the air to make it happen, and there is plenty of that going on in a chaotic bathroom during morning or evening grooming.

There are hundreds of common cold viruses and billions of different kinds of germs and bacteria floating around all the time. So, even if you have fully recovered from one sickness, to ensure that you don’t get another it’s best to get a new toothbrush. With a weakened immune system, your body may still be susceptible to other illnesses. If your body is compromised somewhat, starting out with a fresh new toothbrush will help ensure your good health.

If you’d like more information about teeth brushing and your oral health, call Dr. Feldman and our team at James K Feldman DDS. You can make an appointment at: 202-362-8412, or come by our office in Washington, District Of Columbia.