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Can my toothbrush cause recurrent oral and throat infections?

The answer to your question is an absolute YES!! Our studies have shown that in healthy individuals, toothbrushes become contaminated within 2 weeks with sufficient numbers and types of germs to make you sick. If you are sick, the period of time for contamination is much less. Therefore, I recommend that you change your toothbrush at the beginning of an illness, when you first feel better, and when you are completely well. That way you won't continue to re-infect yourself. Also, if you are not already doing this, make sure to store your toothbrush is stored away from the bathroom. A window sill in the sunlight or in a Purebrush UV Toothbrush Sanitizer would be my recommendation.  Dr. G.

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