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What is one of the first things you do when you start your day? Probably do some stretches and then brush your teeth, before taking a bath, right?
Well, at least 90% of us follow the habit of brushing our teeth in the morning, because it is an extremely healthy and a necessary habit to follow.
Right from a young age, our elders and school teachers tell us that one must brush one's teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and just before bed.
Many people even brush their teeth after a big meal that involves a lot of sweet dishes!
So, by now we all realise that brushing your teeth on a regular basis and flossing your teeth can help you maintain personal hygiene, as well as prevent cavities.
If you do not brush your teeth on a regular basis, that is, at least once a day, then you will be prone to developing plaque and tartar, caused due to the accumulation of food particles in between the teeth.
When your teeth aren't kept clean, you can get cavities, gum infections, loose teeth and bad breath! Meanwhile, also know the ugly truth about your toothbrush. Click here.
In addition, unhygienic teeth are also linked to causing heart ailments in many people, as the bacteria in the mouth can travel to the heart through the blood.
In the olden days, people used coal or neem sticks to brush their teeth, and once they were done with the brushing, they threw it away and used fresh ingredients for the next day.
However, in the modern times, people use toothbrushes to help keep their teeth clean.
Did you know that your toothbrushes and the ways in which you use them can harm your health? Learn more about it, below.
Even if it is just once, and your friend has forgotten to bring along his toothbrush, you must never share, because the transfer of microbes from the mouth on to an object can be extremely quick and when you use the same brush, you could expose yourself to various infections.
Avoid flushing the toilet, while you are brushing your teeth. Many of us do this, especially in the mornings, when we are in a hurry. While flushing, the water from the toilet can reach up to 3 metres and if your toothbrush is close by, the contaminated water can get into your system, through the brush!
Do not cover the head of your toothbrush with plastic caps or tissue papers, because this can create dampness on the bristles and become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
Avoid placing your toothbrush horizontally over a surface, as this position will make it remain damp for a longer time and allow bacteria to grow. Place it vertically in a dry cup or a holder.
Always change your toothbrush, once in 3 months, without fail. An old toothbrush can contain a lot of disease-causing bacteria that cannot be cleaned out.