Do you ever go on vacation and someone in your family soon gets sick afterwards? You know that you watched for germs and had the kids wash their hands, you didn't get too close to other people, etc. It just doesn't make sense. It could be from your toothbrush. What? Read on to find out more in this product review of the Toothbrush Shield by IntelliDent.
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[ctt template=”4″ link=”5XE4Q” via=”yes” ]Do you wonder why your kid is sick? You know that you watched for germs and had him/her wash his hands, you didn't get too close to other people, etc. It just doesn't make sense. It could be from your toothbrush. What? Read on to find out more in this product review of the Toothbrush Shield by IntelliDent.[/ctt]
Product Review of IntelliDent Toothbrush Shield
Our large family of nine recently took a vacation and for this vacation, I chose to test our getting sick from vacation theory on the toothbrushes. When we are at home, we are often around a lot of people: at retail stores, sport events or club activities, church (we are at a very large church), family get togethers, etc. and yet we rarely get sick. We are very good at washing our hands and watching what we put in our mouth (except our toddler, but I watch him and keep his hands clean and stuff out of his mouth as much as I can).
I suspected it might be the toothbrushes because we just don't have our nice toothbrush holders with us when we are on vacation AND the toilet is often closer to the sink on vacation. Studies show an exposed toothbrush is subject to multiple surface and airborne microbes. It is at risk for contamination when stored with other brushes, enclosed in a dark space that can breed germs like a drawer or medicine cabinet, or stored in close proximity to a toilet, which can contaminate within a six-foot radius.
Often on vacation, we will lay our toothbrush on the counter (which we get dirty) or in a drawer (do they clean the drawers at a hotel?). Very often, because there are nine of us, the toothbrushes will touch each other. On this vacation, we were blessed to have two bathrooms in our three bedroom suite so the brushes may not have been piled on top of each other, at least.
To test the not getting sick theory on the toothbrushes, I decided to try a Toothbrush Shield by IntelliDent on each of our toothbrushes.
About Toothbrush Shield
It is a paper-like microfiber cover that you put on your toothbrush. It is breathable, quick drying, and acts like a surgical mask for your toothbrush. It has been laboratory tested to have a 99.9% effective barrier against airborne and surface bacteria. It is used in replacement of plastic holders that trap and breed bacteria. They are effective for up to 7 days, then are disposable.
How to use them
These come individually wrapped. You open the package, take the shield out, which looks like this:
Open it and separate it a bit, insert your toothbrush head, and now your bristles are protected from germs! You can use each shield up to seven days, then discard and replace with a new shield. I and my older children, ages 7 and up found them very easy to use.
My 5 year old son had trouble getting his back on his toothbrush so I had to help him just a little.
Mitchell, my 19 month old, of course needed mom to put his on for him.
I think the price is reasonable. You can find them at Walgreens or online and the price is about 3 cents a piece at the time of writing this. It would be wise to use them in the home as well as on vacation. When more than one person is brushing at a time, I found that I have a hard time remembering whose is whose without a code on there. I named all of my children with an “M” name, but they have different middle initials so now I am writing their middle initial on a corner of each near the opening.
We have been home from vacation for over a week now and I am so thankful that no one is sick! So, my theory may have been correct! The toothbrushes may have been causing our after-vacation illness. You really should try this and test it for yourself. You may be surprised at the results and want to use these for all of your traveling and maybe even at home.
I have not researched to see if they come in different colors, but I am hoping they will make them in my favorite color, teal. It would be the perfect color!
How to find them
- Website: https://www.intellidentproducts.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntelliDent-169058566481766/timeline
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/@IntelliDent1
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/intellidentshield
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