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Top Hot Spots for Germs

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Your Toothbrush


Q: How often do you replace your toothbrush?

14% 

Once a month.

45% 

Every 2-3 months.

28% 

Whenever I think of it.

14% 

I don't remember the last time I did.

659 Total votes cast.

Do you store your toothbrush on the bathroom counter? Considering that flushing the toilet can cause germs to fly anywhere from 6-10 feet, you may want to reconsider. At the very least, keep your brush as far from the toilet as possible, and protect it in a plastic container or holder.

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months. Antibacterial soaps do little to kill the bacteria found on toothbrushes. To clean it, try running it through your dishwasher about once a week, since the high heat will help sterilize the brush. Finally, don't share your toothbrush with anyone, and avoid storing it in a communal cup or container. Store each brush separately in an upright position to allow the bristles to dry after each use.

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