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The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Dentalgist: 3:02pm On Jun 26, 2019
Your toothbrush looks innocent enough sitting on your bathroom sink. But before you put it in your mouth, consider this: the average toothbrush can contain 10 million bacteria or more—including E. coli and Staph, according to a study at the University of Manchester in England. Yuck.

What’s inside your mouth?

At any given time, there are 100-200 species of oral bacteria living in your mouth. “In an unbrushed mouth, there can be as many germs as a dirty bathroom floor,” says Ann Wei, DDS, a prosthodontist based in San Francisco. In addition, your toothbrush is a little bacteria magnet, attracting the little buggers from several sources: If you store your toothbrush on or next to the bathroom sink, it gets contaminated from splashing from washing hands — and whatever you are washing off your hands is getting splashed back as well.

The toilet and your toothbrush

If you really want to gag, think about what happens when you flush with the toilet lid open. Charles Gerba, Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology & Environmental Sciences, University of Arizona College of Public Health, points out that bacteria and viruses falling from toilet spray or plumes “remain airborne long enough to settle on surfaces throughout the bathroom.” An English study found that diarrhea-causing bacteria from a lidless flush flew as high as 10 inches above the toilet. Scientists don’t have evidence of loads of people actually getting sick from toilet plume, let alone from using toilet plume-coated toothbrushes.

And if you drop your brush on the floor, does the five-second rule apply? Nope. It is coming into contact with toilet spray particulate that has settled there plus anything else that has been tracked in on people’s feet.

However, toilet spray is no big deal when it comes to your health, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). The organization emphasizes that although toothbrushes have been found to carry bacteria (including from feces), there is no solid proof that this will actually harm you. Any way it is, you still want to take precautions.

Don’t use plastic containers


Do you store your toothbrush in an airtight container? Don’t. The toothbrush can’t dry out between brushing, which encourages mold growth. Also, if you store all the family toothbrushes together in one container, the bacteria can spread from one to the other if the heads are touching. That’s an especially bad idea if one person is sick. Along the same lines, it’s possible for germs to be transmitted from one brush to another by sharing toothpaste.

How to keep it clean

Now that you are sufficiently revolted, are you ready to start treating your brush a little better? Here’s what to do to keep your toothbrush as bacteria-free as possible.
The ADA has some pretty simple rules to follow:

1. Don’t share your toothbrush.
Duh. You could swap pathogens.

2. Rinse it well after every use. Wash off any remaining food particles and toothpaste. (We can also personally vouch for the vigorous wrist-flicking method.)

3. Don’t let anyone else’s toothbrush head touch yours. If you store several toothbrushes in the same holder, the CDC advises not letting the brush heads touch each other.

4. Replace it at least every three to four months. Toothbrushes become less effective over time. Swap in a new one before this if the bristles become visibly frayed.

5. Skip the disinfectants and sanitizers. According to the ADA, there’s not a ton of research on toothbrush sanitizing. And the CDC recommends against soaking toothbrushes in disinfecting solutions or mouthwash, which might just provide more opportunities for cross-contamination. To avoid damaging your toothbrush, they also advise against trying to use microwaves, dishwashers, or ultraviolet sanitizing devices.

https://dentalgist.ng/the-disgusting-truth-about-your-toothbrush

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Davoneskay(m): 3:09pm On Jun 26, 2019
Where should we then keep our brush if we can't keep it in an air closed container?
Remember several years ago ( almost 20 yrs back) when my siblings and I used to keep our brush in the fridge. We all thought it was safe until we found cockroaches feasting on them.
@Dentalgist, I dropped some question on ur immediate previous thread.

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Justdare: 3:10pm On Jun 26, 2019
WTF... shocked
100-200 species of oral bacteria!!!!!!!!!
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Dentalgist: 3:45pm On Jun 26, 2019
Davoneskay:
Where should we then keep our brush if we can't keep it in an air closed container?
Remember several years ago ( almost 20 yrs back) when my siblings and I used to keep our brush in the fridge. We all thought it was safe until we found cockroaches feasting on them.
@Dentalgist, I dropped some question on ur immediate previous thread.
I responded
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Dentalgist: 4:05pm On Jun 26, 2019
Davoneskay:
Where should we then keep our brush if we can't keep it in an air closed container?
Remember several years ago ( almost 20 yrs back) when my siblings and I used to keep our brush in the fridge. We all thought it was safe until we found cockroaches feasting on them.
@Dentalgist, I dropped some question on ur immediate previous thread.

If you keep them in airtight container: Theoretically, it encourages bacterial growth due to moisture. However, no evidence has shown any negative health consequence. The underlying principle is that toothbrush should be kept in an environment that enhances them to dry before the next use. Personally, I advise my patients against putting their toothbrushes in airtight containers

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Dentalgist: 4:06pm On Jun 26, 2019
Justdare:
WTF... shocked
100-200 species of oral bacteria!!!!!!!!!
Yes!!
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Davoneskay(m): 6:21pm On Jun 26, 2019
Dentalgist:

I responded
All right, Madam.
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by NOL2dworld(m): 6:55pm On Jun 26, 2019
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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Mekanus(m): 6:56pm On Jun 26, 2019
Wetin concern bird with toothbrush. I can go a whole year without toothbrush touching my mouth, and I've got a sparkling white teeth. Chewing stick all the way grin

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Halezis(m): 6:56pm On Jun 26, 2019
Don't frighten mecry
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by chii8(f): 6:57pm On Jun 26, 2019
Soaking your toothbrush in warm water and salt helps to sanitize it.

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Auduambless(m): 6:57pm On Jun 26, 2019
These are things I did naturally...
I don't think the news made any sense angry angry grin

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by ksstroud: 6:57pm On Jun 26, 2019
The reason I dislike kissing...
It's purely transfer of saliva and bacteria... grin grin grin

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by dammieco(m): 6:57pm On Jun 26, 2019
Who has something to say?
Space for sale
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by StPete: 6:58pm On Jun 26, 2019
Where’s the best storage place to keep toothbrushes besides bathrooms
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by TANID(m): 6:59pm On Jun 26, 2019
I Learned cool

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by bluefilm: 6:59pm On Jun 26, 2019
Nonsense.

After every every, you'll still go an' kiss somebody abi?

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by cooldipo(m): 7:00pm On Jun 26, 2019
Nyanma







What if we soak it hot water?
shocked
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by TroubleMaker47(m): 7:00pm On Jun 26, 2019
I always blanch my toothbrush in hot water before every use
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Sofistcatdmoron: 7:00pm On Jun 26, 2019
grin
Op the fact you have bacteria in your mouth doesn't mean we all have bacteria in our mouths

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by jayred: 7:00pm On Jun 26, 2019
madam pls u have not still advice on where to keep our toothbrush oo

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by CalabarPikin: 7:00pm On Jun 26, 2019
I love u....I love u....


Can u share her toothbrush.....



Remember 100-200 oral bacteria...... Dem never include d ones from lipstick oh...

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by felixmuyiwa: 7:00pm On Jun 26, 2019
Those who always kiss each other are spreading the bacteria
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by JuanDeDios: 7:00pm On Jun 26, 2019
Davoneskay:
Where should we then keep our brush if we can't keep it in an air closed container?
Remember several years ago ( almost 20 yrs back) when my siblings and I used to keep our brush in the fridge. We all thought it was safe until we found cockroaches feasting on them.
@Dentalgist, I dropped some question on ur immediate previous thread.
I keep mine in a plastic container but the brush is taller than the plastic so the head gets to be aired. I also don't keep the container inside the toilet.

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by tstx(m): 7:01pm On Jun 26, 2019
Hmm
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by nurez305(m): 7:03pm On Jun 26, 2019
Sorry, I don't brush.... the post is not for me
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by Nobody: 7:07pm On Jun 26, 2019
Davoneskay:
Where should we then keep our brush if we can't keep it in an air closed container?
Remember several years ago ( almost 20 yrs back) when my siblings and I used to keep our brush in the fridge. We all thought it was safe until we found cockroaches feasting on them.
@Dentalgist, I dropped some question on ur immediate previous thread.

Under your trousers grin
Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by tegzys: 7:13pm On Jun 26, 2019
Please I want to white my brown teeth. It's going brown from tooth to tooth. Any product.

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by rayobaba(m): 7:20pm On Jun 26, 2019
What of instances we use bucket water to flush, how u wan take close d toilet lid. We be surviving since 1928 jare. One day they wl say germs and bacteria don gum to our John Thomas.

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Re: The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush by SheikhMuniru(m): 7:25pm On Jun 26, 2019
Is Angola Toothbrush Still In Existence?

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