We all know that brushing our teeth is one of the most important steps we can take to protect our dental health.
But dental experts caution that people should also make sure their toothbrushes are as clean and bacteria-free as possible.
According to the AGD, several studies have revealed that toothbrushes kept in common areas - such as the family bathroom - are at risk of becoming contaminated with bacteria, which creates the potential for spreading infections such as colds and even gum disease.
"The easiest way to protect your toothbrush is by using a toothbrush cover," commented Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Dr Howard S. Glazer.
He also suggested that people may want to soak their brushes in an antiseptic mouthwash and keep more than one brush on hand.
Meanwhile, the American Dental Association claims that soaking a brush is probably not necessary, but people should make sure they never share their brush and rinse it thoroughly after use to minimize bacteria exposure.
The ADA also recommends replacing a brush every three to four months.
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