Germs are everywhere and it seems like no matter how much you clean, bacteria is still lingering around any home. I've always been the type of person that appreciates a clean home and especially since becoming a Mom. As a parent, you worry about your children crawling on the floor or touching something and coming into contact with germs but have you thought about what's floating around in your bathroom?
Most of us think that by simply placing our toothbrushes on the counter, in a toothbrush holder or in the medicine cabinet that they are protected from germs, right? Not so! By placing your toothbrush in a dark cabinet, you are actually inviting germs to breed and what I found most disturbing was that flushing a toilet releases a fine mist of air born droplets that settle on surfaces within a 6 foot radius of the toilet. OMG! I don't know about you, but my toilet is definitely within 6 feet of my counter and sink...therefore within reach of my toothbrushes. Yuk!
There is something you can do other than using a brand new toothbrush everyday. I received IntelliDent Toothbrush Shields a few weeks ago and was so surprised that there was a product available for this purpose. These little shields are actually like a surgical mask for your toothbrush and remain effective for up to 7 days. After that you simply dispose of the shield and open a new one. They are also completely affordable and worth every penny to avoid contamination.
IntelliDent Toothbrush Shields are made of non-woven material that wicks moisture away from your toothbrush and accelerates the drying time, protecting it from potentially harmful contagions. The toothbrush shields are 99.9% effective in reducing the risk of bacterial and viral transfer from both air born and surface microbial contact and each one is individually wrapped in a cold seal package, similar to a band-aid.
Consider all of the times you may need to shield and protect your toothbrush:
Home: Your toothbrush is at risk for contamination if stored in a shared cup with other brushes, enclosed in a dark space can breed germs or stored within 6 feet of a toilet...well, you know!
Work: If you take a toothbrush to work to brush after lunch, the IntelliDent Toothbrush Shields protect your toothbrush between uses or while transporting it back and forth.
Travel: These shields are a great replacement for the plastic covers that retain moisture and constrict airflow, therefore providing the perfect breeding ground for germs. The CDC actually discourages the use of plastic toothbrush covers!
Kids: If your kids are staying overnight with a friend, going to camp or staying in a college dorm, these shields are a great idea!
In addition to the Toothbrush Shields, IntelliDent also offers Mouthguard Shields that can be used for Nightguards, retainers, removable braces and whitening trays and protect these devices the same way they protect your toothbrush.
If you would like to begin protecting your family from germs and bacteria, you can purchase IntelliDent Toothbrush Shields and IntelliDent Mouthguard Shields online or at Walgreens, Amazon, Walmart and other leading pharmacy chains.
Disclosure: I received the above product for review purposes, however, all opinions are entirely my own.