It's flu season and I was sick! Should I replace my toothbrush?
Maybe. Especially if it's time to replace it anyway. It never hurts to replace your toothbrush with a new ADA approved soft-bristled brush. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months, according to the American Dental Association and our hygienists here at Creedmoor Family Dentistry.
Should I clean my toothbrush in the dishwasher? The CDC does not recommend cleaning your toothbrush in the dishwasher or with ultraviolet light. However, it is recommended that your tooth brush air dry--putting the brush in a closed container leads to bacteria growth.
If you are concerned about an illness in your household and the cleanliness of your toothbrush, you could purchase disposable toothbrushes to use until the family is healthy again. These may help prevent the spread of illness.
For more information and other tips on how to care for your teeth when you are sick: