While it’s true that you can’t get sick twice from the same virus that caused your cold, it’s still worth replacing your toothbrush after you get better. If you live with others, it can be especially important to prevent them from getting sick as well. Plus, just because you’re feeling better after that initial cold doesn’t mean you can’t get sick in other ways.
So, to keep yourself healthy until next cold and flu season, consider these points from your dentist in Longmont.
Reducing the Spread of Germs
If you share your bathroom with multiple occupants, such as your significant other or child, replacing your toothbrush after getting sick can reduce the chances of spreading it to them. Once you get sick from a specific strain of cold virus, you can’t get sick from it again. However, there’s no guarantee that toothbrushes nearby yours won’t catch any water particles from your brush.
Alternatively, your family members should keep their brushes far away from yours. Also, make sure they don’t use your toothbrush either intentionally or accidentally. Try color-coding toothbrushes so that they aren’t easily mixed up. You’d be surprised by the things you can do when you’re just waking up!
Avoiding Other Infections
Did you know that there are over 200 different strains that can cause the common cold? Once you develop antibodies against your cold virus, you’ll be equipped to resist it in the future. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t another strain still lingering on your toothbrush right now. To be extra safe, swap out that brush with a brand new one to protect yourself from other cold virus strains.
Furthermore, there are still many different viruses besides a common cold that you can get sick from. This includes:
All these viruses can still live on toothbrushes, even if it is only for short periods of time. It’s not worth getting sick again, especially after your body worked so hard to get better already.
Starting Fresh is a Great Way to Prevent Future Sickness
After you get better from a cold, your body’s immune system is still considerably weak. That means your body will be less equipped to fight a new disease should it appear. If your body is immunocompromised in any way, starting fresh will ensure your future health more than keeping your previously tainted brush. Furthermore, it doesn’t hurt to start fresh, especially if your toothbrush is starting to get frayed. As a rule of thumb, you should replace your toothbrush every 3 months if you aren’t already.
A fresh breath confirms that you’re getting the best cleaning done possible. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Longmont today to learn more tips on healthy brushing!
About the Author
Dr. Ryan Koenig earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After practicing dentistry for six years in Washington state, he moved to Colorado with his wife to open a family-orientated dental office. To learn more about your dentist in Longmont and their practice, contact him at (303) 772-9966 or visit his website.