Hi Dr Ellie.
I am wondering:
When I rinse my families toothbrushes, do I need to use a new Dixie cup of Listerine for each persons brush or does the one cup of rinse kill all bacteria on contact?
I’ve been using new cups of rinse for every person and am going through LOTS of Listerine. Quickly.
Thanks in advance!
Since it is usual for families to share bacteria anyway, one cup should be fine for all the brushes ( **with the exception below).
Swish the heads of the brushes, then rinse well under running water. Allow the brushes to stand up pivoted on their handles so that the brush head will dry completely before next use.
**Exception: If someone in the family has a real problem with cavities and/or gum disease or a sore throat etc. Dental disease is a contagious, transmissible infection ( just like other infections, Strep sore throat etc). If someone is sick you should separate the utensils that they eat with etc. The same for when it comes to toothbrushes.
If someone in my family was being treated for Periodontal Disease or a mouth full of cavities I would not put my brush in the same area and I don’t think even in the same Listerine even though I guess it should not be a problem!
The good news is that with simple hygiene and the use of xylitol, everyone can overcome the disease!
Thanks for your very useful message.I am told some of the wholesale clubs sell Listerine at a very good price these days. One patient told me she just purchased a case of 4 Crest Regular toothpastes at Sam’s Club – for $2 per tube. Make sure you are selecting carefully avoid whitening or “extras” added.
Good luck and thanks again for your question,
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