Toothbrush After Illness

Everyone agrees on the importance of having kids brush their teeth. But what happens when they get a strep throat? Could a toothbrush spread the germ?


Toothbrush sanitizers promise to kill harmful germs, and many parents replace toothbrushes after a child has been sick—but you can brush those fears aside. The American Dental Association says germs on toothbrushes don’t seem to hurt anyone. And some research shows even bacteria like the one that causes strep throat aren’t a problem.


For decades I’ve told patients with strep throat to banish their brush. But this research will change I tell MY patients–as for strep throat, you don’t have to abandon the brush the next time your child is sick.


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