Doctor insights on: When to change toothbrush after strep

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Changed daughter's toothbrush 48 hrs after began meds for strep. Other daughter accidentally used that toothbrush a few days later. Should she be ok?

Changed daughter's toothbrush 48 hrs after began meds for strep. Other daughter accidentally used that toothbrush a few days later. Should she be ok?

Risk of infection: Your other daughter does have an increased risk of getting step from the toothbrush. However she has a risk of infection just because she is in the same house. Watch for symptoms and get treatment if she has sore throat, fever. ...Read more

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I had strep throat. Should I change my toothbrush?

I had strep throat. Should I change my toothbrush?

Good Idea: Tooth brushes should be changed about every 3 months. However, strep throat has bacteria that you do not want any possibility to spread back into your mouth.
You may want to explore ways of disinfecting your tooth brush also. ...Read more

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When do I need to change my toothbrush after strep and or cold? Do I do before, during or after taking antibiotics?

When do I need to change my toothbrush after strep and or cold? Do I do before, during or after taking antibiotics?

TOOTH BRUSH AND COLD: Recent studies had proved that it is unnecessary to toss tooth brushes if a person is suffering from strep throat or cold. You only get rid of them if the bristles are worn off. Keep using your tooth brush while you are taking antibiotics for the strep. Just follow the regular cleaning and serialization after you use it. You could just dip it in 3%hydrogen peroxide. ...Read more

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I finished zpack Monday for strep. My throat started hurting again today and I realized I didn't change my toothbrush. Can I have strep again?

I finished zpack Monday for strep. My throat started hurting again today and I realized I didn't change my toothbrush. Can I have strep again?

No need, no worry: There was no need to change your toothbrush. It won't have any effect. Anyway, your strep cannot come back this soon; the azithromycin (Z-pak) is in your system for 10 days after the last dose. Speak with your doctor if sore throat continues. ...Read more

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One kid had strep Wed. Had 2 doses of antib. Wed and one thurs morn. She brushed her teeth 3x w a new toothbrush and tonight youngest used that brush?

One kid had strep Wed. Had 2 doses of antib. Wed and one thurs morn. She brushed her teeth 3x w a new toothbrush and tonight youngest used that brush?

Not smart: Sharing a toothbrush is never a good idea, especially if one of the people involved has a virulent bacterial infection. Make sure both children have their own toothbrushes. Make sue antibiotics are taken exactly as directed until all the medication is gone. Replace toothbrushes 4x/year, at the start of each season. Replace toothbrush after recovering from illness. ...Read more

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Should u change toothbrushes after every herpes oral outbreak?

Should u change toothbrushes after every herpes oral outbreak?

Not that necessary: Cold sores/herpes are quite common and can be contagious. Changing your tooth brush every 3 months or so is recommended for dental care, but not that necessary for cold sore prevention (assuming u r not sharing toothbrush). The virus that is causing your recurrent sores comes from your own body/nerve, not toothbrush. There are medicines to suppress them if you have frequent recurrences. Good luck. ...Read more

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How often are you suppose to change your toothbrush?

How often are you suppose to change your toothbrush?

Every 3 max 4 months: Studies show that after 3 months of normal use toothbrushes are much less effective. ...Read more

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How long should you change your toothbrush? Every 3 months? Its been 4 months and I just changed my toothbrush, is it ok?

How long should you change your toothbrush? Every 3 months? Its been 4 months and I just changed my toothbrush, is it ok?

Yes, It's ok.: Replace your toothbrush about every 3 to 4 months, or when it shows signs of wear. Frayed bristles will not clean the teeth and gums adequately.
Toss toothbrushes after illness. ...Read more

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Is there any reason to change your toothbrush during or after having the flu?

Is there any reason to change your toothbrush during or after having the flu?

Prolongs illness: You should change your toothbrush about every three months. There is some concern that germs can survive on a toothbrush so you may reinfect yourself and prolong your illness. So it is a good idea to do this if you have the flu. ...Read more

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How often should you get a new toothbrush?

How often should you get a new toothbrush?

New tooothbrushes: Replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months depending upon wear and also after colds, flu, etc. ...Read more

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How often do I have to replace my toothbrush?

Every 5 or 6 months: You should replace your toothbrush every 5 or 6 months, or after you have been sick. ...Read more

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Do electric toothbrushes work better than non-electric?

Do electric toothbrushes work better than non-electric?

Yes: Until I started useing the electric myself I thought the manuel was as good. But it is not. The electric is much more effective. ...Read more

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Could a pink color on my toothbrush bristles be harmful?

Could a pink color on my toothbrush bristles be harmful?

No: If the bristles were that color when you got the brush and it is an ada accepted brush, it's safe. If they were once white and are now pink, you could have periodontal disease since its probably blood. ...Read more

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Are electric toothbrushes more effective than normal ones?

Are electric toothbrushes more effective than normal ones?

Depends: With any toothbrush, the key is consistency and proper technique. Don't be fooled into thinking that an electric toothbrush will do the job for you, you still have to make sure to get to all your teeth and all the surfaces. A manual toothbrush used properly can be just as good. ...Read more

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