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Used toothbrush bristles, may be covered in dental plaque and other bacteria!
A frayed or worn toothbrush is much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums. If your toothbrush bristles wear out quickly, use less pressure—brushing too hard can damage your enamel and your gums.
Every time you flush a toilet bacteria are released into the air—and they could be landing on your toothbrush. Always close the lid before flushing and keep your toothbrush as far from the toilet as possible, or in a cabinet.
Germs can linger on toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection.
Germs and bacteria thrive in a damp environment. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush under running water and store it in an upright position so it can dry out.
Bacteria on your toothbrush can transfer from one mouth to another, spreading germs and the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease