Menopause is a time to develop and maintain some healthy habits, so good oral hygiene is essential. Gum disease can lead to more serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
As you go through your day, you’re in contact with people, and touching different surfaces. It’s easy to transmit those germs to your toothbrush. Here are 5 tips to prevent germs on your toothbrush:
Wash Your Hands
When you’re ready to brush your teeth, wash your hands with soap and water. This not only keeps your toothbrush clean, it also keeps germs from entering your mouth.
Rinse Your Toothbrush
I know it is easy to skip a step when you’re busy, but take the time to rinse off your toothbrush. It’s easy for food particles to lodge in the bristles, and there may also be leftover toothpaste.
You may think that since you’re all in the same family, that it is ok to use someone else’s toothbrush. Sharing increases your risk of developing an infection or diseases because you are exchanging microorganisms and body fluids.
Bacteria is more likely to grow in dark, warm, and moist places. Invest in a toothbrush holder that allows your toothbrush to stand upright without touching the bristles or coming in contact with other toothbrushes. This will allow the brush to air-dry.
Replace as Needed
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. This is just a guideline, so you need to examine your bristles for damage or fraying. If this is the case, replace immediately.