Is the early morning or late night cleaning procedure always quick? Brushing your teeth in the shower can save you precious minutes, but you’re making a huge mistake! As does the New York Post He writesBacteria grow best in warm, moist environments.
According to dentist Parul Dua Makar, high temperatures and steam reduce the life of a toothbrush.
If a toothbrush is frequently exposed to high temperatures and constant humidity, the bristles will soften and lose their effectiveness.
Keep the toothbrush in a cool, dry place, away from the bathroom and toilet, because bacteria thrive in damp places.
Arun Narang, who works at a cosmetic dentistry practice in Toronto, believes that people who brush their teeth while showering are more likely to become victims of cross-contamination due to
Bathtubs and bathtubs are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria. If the toothbrush is placed near shower tiles, bacteria that have grown on the surface can transfer to the brush bristles.
Moreover, several family members share the brush, but brushing your teeth in the sink reduces the risk, there is no such concentrated steam, and, he says, the sink has time to dry between two uses.
But, of course, there is no point in picking the exact spot if you don’t change your toothbrush regularly! The ideal replacement is at least every three to four months, but if the bristles look damaged, sooner is better.
If we reassure ourselves that we’re brushing our teeth thoroughly with mouthwash, no matter where we do it, we’ve got bad news: Even that can’t remove all the bacteria buildup, says Fatima Khan, M.D., a Texas dentist.
If your mouthwash advertises itself as killing 99.9 percent of bacteria, which would apply to trans-contaminated bacteria, beware!
There are no studies that prove that mouthwash prevents these pollutants. In addition, Khan explains, mouthwashes cannot distinguish between good and bad bacteria, and regular use can harm the oral microbiome.
By the way, brushing your teeth in the shower also carries other risks, although these have nothing to do with oral hygiene. Have you ever thought that some mouthwashes can cause falls? Especially the oil-based ones, as they naturally make the tub slippery — as do soaps and shower gels, of course. Beware of using oily mouthwashes, at least in the bathtub!
If you still can’t stop brushing your teeth while you’re in the shower (which lasts at least two minutes), at least make sure you store your toothbrush somewhere dry, away from the shower, so bacteria don’t breed in the steam.
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