• June 10, 2022
Changing toothbrush after being sick

Nobody likes being sick, and today we are more conscious than ever about what we need to do when we get sick.  One thing we often overlook, but shouldn’t, is your toothbrush.  Most people are aware that changing a toothbrush regularly every 3 to 4 months is important to maintain a healthy month. However, many don’t think it is necessary to do so after getting sick.  This is not a good idea.  

Many bacteria and viruses can live for days on surfaces, which can prolong illnesses or reinfect you.  If you use your toothbrush for too long, the prolonged exposure to moisture and often warm humid environment of the bathroom, your toothbrush may develop mold.  Mold is dangerous enough on its own, but if you are sick or recovering from an illness, your immune system can be compromised.  

What Should You Consider To Plan When To Change Your Toothbrush?

How long have you had your current toothbrush?  If it has been longer than 4 months, you should look at changing it

Were you recently sick? You should make sure you look at changing it at least once you are healthy

Do you have a weakened or compromised immune system?  You may want to consider a new toothbrush every 6 weeks?

Have you had a major surgical operation recently?  It may be wise to change your toothbrush every 2 or 3 days.  Since your body is at higher risk of developing an infection, having a fresh toothbrush can reduce risks from brushing.  Your gums can let contaminates directly into the bloodstream.  

Do you have a cold sore?  While cold sores form by a virus that is incurable, and doesn’t often come with serious health risks, it is still a good idea to change your toothbrush regularly while the sores are present.  This will help reduce the time the infection is present by reducing the amount of virus you are re-exposed to.

What if you have Covid-19?  Covid-19 has been a highly contagious disease, and you should take extra precautions with it.  While you have Covid-19, you should:

  • Make sure you are isolating your toothbrush.
  • You are using a dedicated toothpaste.
  • Take extra care to wash your hands after brushing and flossing.
  • Discard your toothpaste and any other oral health products that may have been exposed upon recovery.

How Do You Know What Is Right For You?

The best way to plan your oral health needs and your toothbrush replacement schedule is to work with your dentist.  If you are in the western suburbs of Joliet, Il and in need of dental care, Shorewood Family Dental Care is here to help.  Whether you need a consultation, cleaning, or more advanced care, our team of trained and experiences oral health professionals can meet your needs.  We will work with you to know what the best changing toothbrush plan is for your needs.  If you are unsure what you need to do when you get sick, we are here for you.  If you’re looking for a family dentist near Joliet, contact us to schedule your appointment.