It's not something you give much thought to other than the two minutes you use it twice a day, but if you're not taking care of your toothbrush properly, you could be exposing your body to germs and increasing your risk of cavities.
- Putting it away: The medicine cabinet seems like a clean, safe place for your toothbrush, but darkness and lack of air are what bacteria love. Store it out in the open where it has the chance to dry out.
- Laying it flat: Don't leave your toothbrush lying sideways on the counter. Store it upright in a nifty holder, so gravity can do its thing and allow wetness to drain away from the bristles.
- Covering it up: Things that stay moist are breeding grounds for bacteria. So in order for your toothbrush to have the chance to dry out completely between brushings, avoid using toothbrush covers, cases, or plastic bags (unless your toothbrush is completely dry).
- Brushing and flushing: If you're like most people, you keep your toothbrush in the bathroom. But whenever you flush the toilet, bacteria gets sprayed into the air where it lands on your toothbrush bristles. Totally disgusting, I know. Keep your toothbrush at least three feet away from the toilet. Or, better yet, just keep the toilet lid closed.
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I tend to go back and forth between my GUM toothbrush (soft bristles in case you were wondering) and my electric toothbrush. Whereas 69 percent of you said that you use an electric toothbrush, so I can see which type of brush you favor. But when it comes down to it, which toothbrush gives you the biggest bang for you buck? Meaning, which toothbrush — old school manual or electric — gets the cleaning job done better?
To see what the verdict is, continue reading.
A few weeks ago on Glee in an episode titled "Grilled Cheesus," Finn has a spiritual awakening after discovering an image of Jesus's face in his grilled cheese sandwich. (I still can't get over the fact that he actually ate the sandwich after a week.) This episode got me thinking about the many beauty products available with religious undertones. For instance: Looking Good For Jesus lip balm ($7), Demeter's Holy Water ($6 to $40), Looking Good For Jesus bubble bath ($12), and the Buddha toothbrush holder. While some people consider these items sacrilegious, others may find an element of charm to them. How do you feel about these types of goods?
When illness strikes, it's time to toss the toothbrush. The sickly germs will be better suited for the trash can than your mouth. An infected toothbrush makes it all too easy to make yourself sick again. Besides that, we're advised to change our bristles every three to four months anyway, right?
Do you change your toothbrush when you're not feeling well?
A wise man once told me that he didn't believe in the walk of shame, because there's nothing for which to be ashamed. And while I agree with his sentiments, sometimes there's no avoiding feeling a little less than put-together after a fun night out. Since "unshowered and stale" isn't the kind of Facebook status update you probably want to have, I've put together a clever kit of products, all in sizes small enough to stay inconspicuous without cluttering up your purse. To find out more about these goods, just wave your cursor over each one.
Besides "What's your favorite color?" or "What type of food do you like?" perhaps one of the most-asked celebrity questions, particularly of the Tiger Beat persuasion, is, "What items would you bring to a deserted island?" In honor of Lost's final show on Sunday, as well as to pay tribute to the aforementioned age-old question, I've gathered together my top five favorite desert island beauty essentials. Check out the list now, and be sure to tell us yours at the end, too. (And no, it doesn't include a box of Dharma red wine, but perhaps it should, particularly for the antioxidant benefits, no?)
Forget flossin' — it's a lot more environmentally friendly to use your money to brush. All corny jokes aside, though, these cute new Source toothbrushes ($6.95) are a pretty cool idea. Their heads are replaceable, and the handles are made from responsibly sourced recycled materials — the most entertaining of which is dollar bills. It's not exactly something you'd bring out on the cocktail party circuit, but it would save you from consigning a lot of toothbrush plastic to the landfill. Plus, you'd get to brush like a baller. Would you consider buying a toothbrush like this, or do the handles not appeal?
Children don't need an excuse to show off their pearly whites, but getting the kiddos to brush them on a regular basis may require some trickery. Lectures about cavities and future orthodontia don't seem to get them running to the bathroom, but some cute toothbrush holders and brushing accessories may just do the trick. Products like Toothpaste Pete ($5) stick right onto your current tube of toothpaste to add some laughs to the washing-up routine. Check out the rest of our tricks and picks for keeping those teeth fresh and clean.