There’s so much to love about this time of year: cute boots, cozy knits and holiday shopping. But there are also some downsides to the middle of fall and start of winter: cold and flu season. The best we can do is take precautions like avoiding crowds, masking up and getting plenty of vitamins in our diet. Plus, there are some other germ prevention tips you might not have considered.
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We all know how easily we can catch a cold from someone else, but is it possible to catch something from yourself? According to Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, there’s research that suggests using a toothbrush after you’ve been sick can cause oral disease as well as viral and bacteria infections.
“Not every doctor or dentist agrees on whether you should use a new toothbrush after being sick,” Dr. Stephenson tells In The Know by Yahoo. “Some say that you can’t reinfect yourself with the same germs you already have, so you don’t have to worry about changing your toothbrush when you get sick. Others say you can reinfect yourself and should always change your toothbrush after being sick.”
Dr. Stephenson’s advice? It’s better to be safe than sorry. She says, “I recommend always tossing your toothbrush and using a fresh one every time you’ve been sick. Germs can also spread to toothpaste tubes, so try not to touch the toothpaste tube to your toothbrush, especially if other people in your household use the same tube of toothpaste, and get yourself a unique tube for personal use only if you get sick.”
She also recommends keeping a second toothbrush in rotation as a general habit for best bacteria control. This way, you can let your toothbrush dry completely before reusing.
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