Um, yes of course they can! Some experts even say that every time you flush a toilet, a few of those tiny little nasty germs disperse into the air and land you-know-where…
But seriously, whether you’re concerned about flushing toilets or you’re just recovering from a sickness, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid sloshing those germs around even more is replacing your toothbrush!
How can I protect my toothbrush from germs?
Germs can linger on the bristles, and you can risk prolonging sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart – keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:
• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace your toothbrush or brushhead every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!
• Invest in a toothbrush sterilizer – they’re inexpensive and convenient (and make your brush taste great!)