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What’s Hiding in Your Toothbrush?

July 15, 2014

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Have you ever wondered if your toothbrush was really clean? Unless you pulled it out of a sealed package today, you could be putting some of the most harmful bacteria and other microscopic organisms right into your mouth! Here are a list of things that might be in your toothbrush right now:

  • Bacteria – There is possibly more bacteria in your mouth than anywhere else on your body. When this bacteria is removed by your toothbrush and toothpaste, it can then live on your toothbrush for a long, long time.
  • Fecal matter & urine – Yuck! But it’s true. When a toilet is flushed, water (and other) particles are launched up to 8 feet in every direction. Fecal matter and urine can also be on your hands, and easily transferred to your toothbrush.
  • Hair products – If you’re styling your hair in the bathroom and using any sprays at all, they can land on your toothbrush. Particles can also be blown from your hair while blow-drying your hair.
  • Cold & flu virus – Even if you’re not sick YET, virus particles can travel on your hands and other parts of your body before infecting you. Imagine if your family member was sick and you touched something THEY touched, then you happened to touch your toothbrush before you washed your hands. Now the virus is living in your toothbrush!
  • Other harmful & harmless germs – There are many airborne germs that can land on your toothbrush even if you’re not keeping in out in the open!

So now that you’re thoroughly grossed out, I bet you’re wondering how to keep your toothbrush clean. Here are a few different ways to clean your toothbrush.

  • Clean with peroxide – Pour hydrogen peroxide in a glass and leave the head of your toothbrush in it for about 5 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with water and store to dry.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) light – Unfortunately, most of us don’t have an ultraviolet let sitting around, so you’ll have to buy one at the store and follow the directions supplied by the manufacturer.
  • Effervescent disinfecting tablets – There are some companies that make tablets specifically designed to clean your toothbrush. But there’s no evidence to support whether or not these clean better than peroxide. Again, follow the directions supplied by the manufacturer.

Have you heard of any other ways to keep your toothbrush clean? Feel free to leave it in the comments before you go!

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