After recovering from a cold, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming re-infected is replacing your toothbrush!

The germs can linger on the bristles, and you run the risk of prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Keep a spare just in case. To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long consider the following:

Wash your hands before and after brushing

Allow the toothbrush 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 every 3-4 months