Why use the BrushGuard storage system
Toothbrushing has become a real headache when it comes to respecting good hygiene practices in a childcare centres. Toothbrushes that touch or drip on each other represent a significant risk of cross-contamination for children and educational staff in childcare centres.
Since the pandemic, the additional sanitation measures and the difficulty in enforcing good hygiene practices have discouraged many childcare centres, to the point where brushing teeth has simply been eliminated from the children's daily hygiene routine.
However, it's easy to apply good hygiene habits with the BrushGuard storage system and its hygiene protocol. The system meets all the requirements of the Ministère de la Santé du Québec to protect against cross-contamination and prevent the spread of infections, germs and viruses through toothbrushes.
BrushGuards are installed in minutes with the Stéri Zone Wall Mount. The BrushGuard Hygiene Protocol eliminates the risk of cross-contamination and reduces cleaning time compared to other toothbrush holders.
Plus, kids love using the BrushGuard. An additional benefit that turns brushing teeth into a fun and stimulating activity!
What is the Supervised Toothbrushing Program
Toothbrushing is an inexpensive, proven and recognized cavity prevention activity. Children who are exposed to this healthy hygiene habit early in life will benefit from it throughout their lives.
The Ministère de la Santé du Québec has compiled successful practices from across Canada and internationally in the Supervised Toothbrushing Program in Childcare Centres, Preschools and Elementary Schools.
The BrushGuard storage system and hygiene protocol are developed in accordance with the guiding principles and objectives of this program.
Document number : 19-231-06W
Sections : 5.4 et 5.5
How to use the BrushGuard storage system in childcare centres
The BrushGuard storage system consists of the following components:
- One BrushGuard per child
- One rotating-cleaning set per facility
In childcare centres, BrushGuards are gathered in groups of 5 units. This size of group is easy to install in the available space near the sink. Multiple groups of 5 units can be installed in a row.
The position of each toothbrush is identified above each protector with a personalized image or simply by writing the child's first name.
By affixing the child's ID to the wall mount rather than the protective case, BrushGuards are swappable. During the rotating-cleaning process, individual cases can be reinstalled in any position, without wasting time and without the risk of misplacing them.
To avoid cross-contamination that can occur when handling the individual cases and toothbrushes, the BrushGuard Hygiene Protocol defines the rules to be followed during cleaning. The protocol is using a rotating-cleaning set that ensures the replacement of the brush holders according to the good practices recommended by the Ministère de la Santé du Québec.
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The BrushGuard Hygiene Protocol
The BrushGuard Hygiene Protocol defines the rotating-cleaning of the BrushGuards in 8 steps (see below).
By using the rotating-cleaning set and following every step of the hygiene protocol, toothbrushes can never touch the cases to be cleaned, or touch the other children's brushes.
Finally, at each rotating-cleaning, the cleaning date is recorded on the cleaning log. The cleaning log is included free of charge with the rotating-cleaning set. A cleaning log is provided for each room where the BrushGuards are installed.
1. Remove the BrushGuard with the toothbrush in.
2. Take a clean BrushGuard from the tray marked with a green stripe.
3. Place the clean BrushGuard on the Stéri Zone.
4. Place the toothbrush back into the clean BrushGuard, bristles facing the wall.
5. Put the BrushGuard to be cleaned in the tray marked with a red stripe.
6. After replacing all BrushGuards on the Stéri Zone, record the cleaning date on the cleaning log.
7. Wash the BrushGuards of the red tray in the dishwasher, on a peg or in a glass rack. Allow BrushGuards to dry completely.
8. Place the clean and dry BrushGuards in the tray marked with a green stripe.