Sometimes “funky“ means interesting and cool.

But “funky” and your toothbrush are a very bad pairing, especially in a shared bathroom. I recently saw a micrograph of a toothbrush, and it was not a pretty picture!

So here are a few tips to keep your daily dental care from being a hotbed of funk:

– Let your toothbrush air dry, and don’t use a cover.
– If possible, keep family toothbrushes away from each other. If someone in the household is sick, segregate their toothbrush.
– Replace your toothbrush regularly — at least every 8 weeks.
– Clean your toothbrush! Here’s how:
Soak the business end in 3% hydrogen peroxide (food grade) for 10-15 minutes, then rinse well. Longer will start to break down the bristles.
Alternately, use 2 teaspoons of baking soda in 1 cup of water as a soaking solution.
– Wash your hands before and after you brush.

Ready for next level bathroom hygiene? Close your toilet seat before you flush.

Why? As fecal matter swirls down the drain, it releases invisible micro-particles into the air. These land on your toothbrush, friends.

I didn’t learn this in my earlier potty training, but I’m on that job now. And there’s a nice bonus: keeping the lid closed eliminates the seat up/seat down argument, if that’s happening in your house.

These fundamental changes in our daily habits can be an uphill climb, but there’s a big payoff. They can make the difference between health and sickness, especially during cold & flu season.

And that’s something to smile about, right?

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