Icky Toothbrush?

Friday, June 12th, 2015, 8:48 pm

Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology reported that people who share bathrooms may be sharing some icky stuff on their toothbrushes!

The study conducted at Quinnipiac University found that over half of toothbrushes used in communal bathrooms had fecal bacteria on them at that there was an 80% chance that those germs came from someone else using the same bathroom. Regardless of the storage method, at least 60% of toothbrushes were contaminated. Cleaning methods for the toothbrushes were also checked — it didn’t matter whether the brushes were rinsed in hot water, cold water or rinsed with a mouthwash, the contamination as still there. “Using a toothbrush cover doesn’t protect a toothbrush from bacteria growth, but actually creates an environment where bacteria are better suited to grow by keeping the brisles moist and not allowing the head of the toothbrush to dry out between uses,” said Graduate Student Lauren Aber.

So how can you protect yourself if you share a bathroom with a lot of other people? Clean your brush after each use and store it in a manner that allows it to dry out. If possible you may want to store the toothbrush in the bedroom rather than the bathroom. Change your toothbrush at least every three months or earlier if the bristles show wear.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your next office visit and we’ll let you know how well you’ve been brushing!

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