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post #1 of 5 Old 10-25-2008, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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If you're like most people, you get a new toothbrush every six months, but you really should be changing your toothbrush more often, like every three to four months. When the bristles get worn and lose their rigidity, they don't remove plaque as well. But you should also do some maintenance within that three months, when your toothbrush is just sitting out in the open. After all, think about all the germs and bacteria floating around that would love to attach themselves to your moist toothbrush.
So to prevent colds, flu, and other sicknesses, once or twice a week run your toothbrush through the microwave on high for 10 seconds immediately before brushing your teeth. If someone in your home is sick, you may want to sterilize it in the microwave each time you brush. If you're the one who's sick, after the illness passes, ditch your old toothbrush and replace it with a new one
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Good tip. But let me ask something...

Doesn't the toothbrush melt in a microwawe? I think that every plastic doesn't bear a microwawe.


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Tips for Preventing Colds and the Flu: Keeping the Germs Away | Colds & Flu | Reader's Digest


I just tried microwaving a toothbrush, 10 seconds made it hot,
but didn't melt it. nothing on the brush saying microwaveable.

in the link above which is also health tips , it also says to nuke the toothbrush for 10 seconds. or store it in hydrogen peroxide.

Hope this helps.
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I have one of those sonicare tooth brushes. This reminds me...

I need new heads.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-25-2008, 11:21 PM
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Thanks for the tip... I always change mine every couple of months, Never heard of microwaving the toothbrush though, interesting.

thanks again


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