The UK public has been advised to sterilise and change their toothbrushes frequently to avoid contamination, during the pandemic.
The organisation, Dental Health Foundation, has begun to supply the homeless and elderly with toothbrushes, to ensure they are distancing themselves from the virus. Furthermore, the organisation is advising people to use hot water and salt to sterilise their toothbrush; alternatively, they can use 0.1% hydrogen peroxide for 3-5 minutes.
“The UK public has been advised to sterilise and change their toothbrushes frequently to avoid contamination, during the pandemic. “
On top of this, the organisation is advising people to replace their toothbrush after the first week, if they have symptoms. Moreover, people with the coronavirus have been advised to replace their toothbrush frequently and store it away because the virus spreads through saliva.
Dental Wellness Trust’s Founder, Dr Linda Greenwall, stated: “Toothbrushes can be covered in all sorts of germs from your mouth. This includes bacteria and viruses, which will remain on its surface. That’s why daily cleaning or sterilising is essential and people are reminded not to share their toothbrush.”