Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
and runny-nose season is upon us. The increasingly cold weather makes your
children more susceptible to catching a cold or even worse, the flu. Hand
sanitizer and the flu shot are great, but you can also help your little ones steer
clear of germ collecting on an everyday item- their toothbrush.
out the suggestions below from Dentaquest
for simple ways to keep your child’s toothbrush clean and healthy!
wait until the bristles turn soft and shabby. Because of bacteria build-up from
daily use, we recommend swapping your child’s toothbrush every two to three
months. Brush replacements are especially essential after getting over an
illness. Old germs can resonate and keep a previous cold or flu lingering.
Sterilize: There are a few quick ways to do this. You
can either place their toothbrush (bristle side down) in a microwave-safe cup
with 2-3 inches of water and microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until the water
boils. If your toothbrush is electric, only put the brush head in the microwave
with water, and manually clean the base with a damp paper towel. You can also
use the dishwasher. Simply stick the toothbrush in the silverware basket with
a load of dishes. Both methods are great for generating steam to disinfecting toothbrushes from those sneaky viruses.
Separate and cover: Toothbrushes do not play well with
others. Store yours away from other brushes to eliminate bacteria-hopping.
Covers are an easy and cost-effective way to prevent airborne germs from
creeping into your brush. Sickness can also spread through household toothpaste
tubes. Be conscious of your family members and if you're sick, use a small and
separate travel tube.
Wash your hands: It seems like an obvious tip, however making sure your children wash their hands before and after brushing teeth can almost guarantee that no
bacteria will enter their mouth.
habits like these are important for a healthy body and smile- so take care of
yourself and your little ones this winter. Please contact Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County
this cold and flu season if you have any questions or concerns.
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