You’ll Never Look at Your Toothbrush the Same Way After Reading This Article
You use it a couple of times a day but do you know what’s lurking on your toothbrush?
According to researchers at England’s University of Manchester, the very thing you use to clean your teeth and mouth is loaded with germs. Some 100 million bacteria including staphylococci (Staph) bacteria that cause a variety of diseases and skin infections as well as the harmful E. coli that can cause diarrhea can be found in your toothbrush.
Associate professor and director of the Dental Hygiene Research Center at Old Dominion University, Gayle McCombs, RDH, MS, said that on any given day, your mouth contains a huge number of microorganisms.
But, as long as there is a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in the mouth, it is not a problem, according to McCombs.
Dentist Kimberly Harms, DDS, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, clarifies: the thing is, you are putting bacteria on it, every time you brush your teeth. It’s important to remember that plaque the stuff you’re removing from your teeth is bacteria.
Now, will washing your toothbrush help? Not as much as you would hope it would says our in-house expert.
Regardless of how many bacteria have gotten there or your mouth harbors via use of dirty toothbrush your body has a natural defense that makes the chance of developing an infection from simply brushing your teeth unlikely.
Harms adds, fortunately, the human body is usually able to defend itself from bacteria. So we aren’t aware of any real evidence that’s sitting the toothbrush in your bathroom in the toothbrush holder is causing any harm or real damage. We don’t know that the bacteria on there can cause into infections, she added. At least not YET.
But aside from you putting bacteria on it by your regular use, there’s another reason why your toothbrush is dirty: the spot where you store it.
Do you know why they say don’t flush when you brush and vice versa? Because bathrooms are often small and usually the toilet is pretty close to the bathroom sink where you keep your brush and brush your teeth in the same time, every flush in the toilet sends an invisible spray of bacteria in the air and do you know where those temporarily flying bacteria will eventually land? We are sure that you already know the answer to that question.
McCombs follows up. You don’t store your glasses and plates by the toilet, so why would you want to place your toothbrush there? To store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, it’s just common sense.
Discovery’s Mythbuster also did a fun experiment on it and proven this claim and even found out that your toothbrush can be dirtier than your toilet sit.
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