Your toothbrush is your number one ally in fighting cavities and tartar – but it could also be storing all the dirt and bacteria that you have in the bathroom. The truth about your toothbrush from researchers at England’s University of Manchester found out that an uncovered toothbrush harbors
However, our mouths are not really that clean in the first place. There are hundreds of microorganisms inside our mouths. There’s nothing really wrong with it, unless there’s an imbalance of bacteria inside. Remember that plaque and tartar is actually bacteria. So each time you brush your teeth, you’re putting more and more bacteria on your toothbrush.
However, don’t panic and throw your toothbrush just yet. Even if it’s filled with microorganisms and bacteria, your toothbrush is not making you sick. The body’s immune system effectively fights the bacteria in your mouth, as well as those that you get from your toothbrush. Thus, it’s unlikely that you catch an infection just by tooth brushing.
The body is typically capable of defending itself from bacteria and infection. There’s not much study or evidence that letting your toothbrush stay in the bathroom can cause real infections or damage. There is no scientific evidence that the bacteria in your toothbrush are enough to cause infections.
However, it doesn’t hurt to be extra careful. Keep your toothbrush somewhat cleaner through these tips.
- Don’t place your toothbrush near the toilet. Each flush sends bacteria up in the air. Keeping your toothbrush near the toilet is like spraying it with extra bacteria. Move away your toothbrush holder as far as possible from the toilet.
- Wash your hands before actually brushing your teeth – especially if you just used the toilet.
- Always thoroughly wash your toothbrush each time you use it.
- Keep your toothbrush dry, because bacteria thrive in moist environments. Ensure that it is left to air-dry in between usage. Store it upright, rather than lying down.
- Never ever use another person’s toothbrush. It’s also a bad idea to store toothbrushes side by side. Get a toothbrush holder that has separate compartments to store the whole household’s toothbrush. You can also opt for a toothbrush cabinet.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.