Don't Brush Where You Flush
There are more than one hundred million bacteria living in your uncovered toothbrush.
By April 22, 2013 1,240
Unfortunately, it is a proven fact that each toilet scatters bacteria in the surrounding media each time you flush.
Do not put your toothbrush anywhere near your toilet. However, since most of our bathrooms have a sink and toilet here are some tips.
- Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with clean tap water each time you finish using it.
- Always store your toothbrush dry as bacteria love moisture, make sure your toothbrush cover is dry as well.
- Usually, toothbrush bristles (however soft they are) cause minute wounds to the gingiva, leaving minor traces of blood behind. It is really better to avoid storing your toothbrush in the same cup of other people toothbrushes'.
- Toss your toothbrush regularly. The American Dental Association advises you to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months; this is the best way to eliminate bacteria.
According to scientists at England University of Manchester, there are more than one hundred million bacteria living in your uncovered toothbrush, including staphylococci which causes skin rashes and E. coli which causes diarrhea.
No need to panic, as your mouth is not free of micro-organisms after all. In fact there is hundreds of bacterial flora which lives normally in our oral cavity without causing any oral diseases. The problems start when the balance between bacterial floras is disturbed.
Going to Target now to look for a new toothbrush and cover!
Tips on toothbrush hygiene were brought to you by Lois Trader - Lifelong Health Community Advocate