Toothbrush in the dishwasher? Probably not a bad idea.

PRO-SYS adult antimicrobial toothbrush, coming soon, features bristles of DuPont™ Tynex® StaClean™ which contain silver and zinc antimicrobial additives designed to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi and yeast).
PRO-SYS adult antimicrobial toothbrush, coming soon, features bristles of DuPont™ Tynex® StaClean™ which contain silver and zinc antimicrobial additives designed to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi and yeast).

A toothbrush can contain over 10 million bacteria including E. coli and Staph, says a University of Manchester study.

That’s why an occasional soak of your plaque-fighting weapon in hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash is recommended, according to a story published this week in the New York Post.  One American Dental Association spokesman event puts a toothbrush through a dishwasher cycle. (Note: certain dishwasher detergents use serious cleaning chemicals.)

Even some toothpastes can help your cause – the ones that are better than others at killing germs. The Post article suggests buying one that contains triclosan or copolymer — it’s better than regular fluoride toothpastes at killing oral bacteria.

Antimicrobial toothbrushes are also an option. PRO-SYS brand antimicrobial brush, coming soon,  contains DuPont™ Tynex® StaClean™ with silver and zinc antimicrobial additives designed to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi and yeast). The brush also features a rubber-free handle designed to keep your toothbrush gunk-free. Find out more about the brushes from a Friendly Benco Dental rep.

To find out more best practices to protect your brush – and mouth- from contamination, read the full story at: http://nypost.com/2014/04/22/the-scary-truth-about-your-toothbrush/

2 thoughts on “Toothbrush in the dishwasher? Probably not a bad idea.

  1. Ha! I regularly balance the head of my toothbrush in a capful of mouthful, and often make a complete mess when I retrieve it by knocked the cap full of mouthwash all over the floor! I’d never thought of using the dishwasher before!

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