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Is it Necessary to Sanitize your Toothbrush?


In this fast paced and rapid era, dental care is a mandate. In spite of the emergence, it has become increasingly difficult because of scarcity of time. Therefore, following minute steps or procedure could be highly effective to evade colossal dental problems as well as time in the long run. Out of which, the effective measure is to sanitize one’s toothbrush.


As we are all acquainted of this fact that our mouths contain bacteria and so our bathroom does as well, it makes it obvious to wonder whether our toothbrush stays sanitized enough with just a water wash after cleansing our teeth. Toothbrush sanitizing is not synonymous to sterilizing. Sanitation helps in getting rid of almost 99.9 percent of bacteria whereas Sterilization steers to killing of living organisms. Brushing our teeth is quite vital in our day to day life in order to keep and maintain personal oral hygiene and also helping in removal of plaque. Taking or formulating appropriate measures can be quite a considerate for oral hygiene.


In the contemporary  recent years,  scientists have undertaken quite a research and developed with the  conception that toothbrushes engulfs microorganisms that could  result into oral, dental or infection of any kind. We are acquainted of the fact that oral cavity is an umbrella to hundreds of different types of microorganisms, which in a way gets transferred to the toothbrush whilst use. There is also a probability that the microorganisms in the environment would make room for itself on the toothbrush on its own. Toothbrushes may even have bacteria on them right out of the box since they are not required to be sold in a sterile package.


Keeping it Clean


In our day to day schedule we have time for nothing, and that makes it to the negligence of petty issues like washing our toothbrushes properly, which in turn contributes to dental problems. Majority of us simply clean or scrub the head of the toothbrush once after the completion of our brushing process. It would be more fruitful if it could be rinsed in lukewarm water which would help in getting rid of the food debris and leftover toothpaste in the bristles.


Clinically there is no evidence that if a toothbrush is soaked in antibacterial mouthwash would deliver positive results but it won’t disrupt the toothbrush in any sort. The Proper procedure of sanitizing the toothbrush are as follows-keep the toothbrush immersed into the mouthwash and warm water amalgamation, take the brush off the solution after 15 minutes, don’t keep it immersed for long ,otherwise  would result in destructing the bristles, don’t reuse the amalgamated solution, it defeats the cleansing or the sanitizing process.


Possible Dental Infections Leading to health Hazards


Gum disease (periodontal) and health complications share a strong alliance and result into hazardous diseases and health complications such as stroke heart disease etc. Gum disease also effects women in terms of pre-term, low birth weight babies


Researches show that 90 percent of diseases and health hazards (disease comprising several organs of the body) are likely to have oral manifestations which exude swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Swollen gums, mouth ulcers, such diseases include: Diabetes, Leukemia, Oral Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease.


 The dentist may be the savior so that proper diagnosis can be conducted from the roots in its infant stages.  Routine visit to a dentist can contribute to keeping one’s smile attractive. –This would also enable them to foretell a lot more about one’s health which inculcate whether or not one may develop a disease like Diabetes in the near future.


Research has proven results that our mouth acts like a mirror ,in which the condition of our body reflects .For instance, a healthy mouth pockets a good chance of good health overall. On the contrary, poor oral health mushrooms a plethora of health problems.  Good oral health may keep one from diseases to occur.


Is sanitizing one’s toothbrush a mandate or a choice?




According to dentists, a toothbrush does not require market products.  The growth and abundance of bacteria requires dark, warm and humid atmospherical conditions. Veiling toothbrush in a closed area could invite problems. One should always  keep the  toothbrush  dry airy and uprooted in a holder that can support it to make it stand  without coming in contact with  the bristles or other toothbrushes. In every 3 to 4 months toothbrush should be replaced. Sharing toothbrushes also contribute to the problem at a massive scale.


Some Exceptions


If any of our family has fallen onto any infection hazard or has been severely affected because of contagious agent, following some preventive measures could help providing an alibi. Substituting toothbrushes in every 3-4 months, purchasing expendable toothbrushes and employing antibacterial mouthwash for rinsing and soaking could be quite a benefit. If one took to a UV toothbrush sanitizer, the product contain an approval by the Food and Drug is too to be noted and configured into our brains that a UV sanitizer will not result in maximum removal of germs. Another flaw in usage of UV sanitizer is that the ultraviolet light may destruct the bristles, in that case one should inspect and replace toothbrushes more often.


Constant exposure of human body to harmful microbes is hazardous.. Thus Human body is entitled to defend itself against infections through passive and active mechanism power.  Intact skin and mucous membranes plays significant role in creating a passive barrier to bacteria and other organisms. The barriers when challenged or breached, active mechanisms such as enzymes, digestive acids, tears, white blood cells and antibodies plays the role of active soldiers to protect the body from disease.