The Ugly Truth About Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is loaded with over 100 million bacteria.
Your mouth is full of bacteria that is transferred to the brush each time you brush your teeth.
Toothbrushing moves germs around your mouth and beneath the skin of your mouth.
It is unlikely to catch an infection from your toothbrush.
Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet.
Toothbrush holders are one of the dirtiest items in the house.
These tips will help keep your toothbrush free of germs.
Some toothbrush sanitizers utilize ultraviolet light.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Good oral care will help minimize bacteria that can lead to infection and other problems.

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Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR on Friday, August 05, 2011

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