Do you share your bathroom with others? Check your toothbrush; it has ‘fecal matter.’

6 Precautionary measures

  • There is a dire need to adopt precautionary measures to keep the family and one’s own self away from the diseases caused by communal or shared washrooms. Some, of the precautionary measures are:
  •  Always cover up the toilet seat, before flushing.
  • Try to keep toothbrushes out of the toilet or at least at a distance not less than 6 feet from the toilet seat.
  • Avoid immediate covering up of the toothbrush. Let the toothbrush dry before placing the cap, or look for the caps that allow air circulation. Improper drying time and moisture favors bacterial growth.
  • Change your tooth brush after illness. The same condition applies to the electric ones.
  • Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months, especially when the bristles become frayed.
  • Not many people think of proper toothbrush cleaning, since it’s meant to be wet every day, but that is not the case; try adopting better toothbrush cleansing habits such as soaking it in an antibacterial mouthwash. The toothbrush sanitizers with ultraviolet radiation are the best for killing all sorts of microbes.
  • Never share your toothbrush with any one, not even with your housemates. Saliva and bacteria can transfer through a common brush and can be responsible for diseases such as tooth decay.
Precautionary measures

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  • Wash your hands before holding your toothbrush because they carry many germs which can be passed on to it.
  • Select transparent or white bristled toothbrushes, as they are better germs and dirt removers.
  • Avoid cross-contamination between toothbrushes, by keeping their heads away from each other.
  • • Try not to use toothbrush covers, because they help in bacterial growth by limiting the air flow and drying process.

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