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You might be tempted to wait until you get a new toothbrush at your next dental cleaning to switch toothbrushes, but if you knew what could be lurking in the brush, you might want to consider switching brushes more often.
Most people keep their toothbrushes in their bathroom, a room that in all likelihood also contains a toilet. When the toilet flushes, microscopic bits of water and fecal matter are aerosolized into the air from the force of the flush. These and the bacteria they carry (including E. Coli) can land on your toothbrush.
This is the bacteria responsible for tooth decay. It makes sense that you’d find some this on your toothbrush, but you definitely want to minimize the amount. One way to do this is by choosing a brush with clear bristles. One study has shown that clear-bristled toothbrushes carry 50% less of the bacteria since the material they’re made out of is less porous than colored bristles, giving the bacteria less spaces to hide in.
At first, it might seem as though it makes perfect sense that a toothbrush would be moist, considering it’s used to brush teeth and is rinsed with water. But if a toothbrush is constantly moist, say if it’s covered and has no way to dry out after use, the moisture can promote the growth of unwanted bacteria and fungi.
So, that’s the bad news. The good news is there are ways to avoid these germ-y situations! First, store your toothbrush inside a medicine cabinet rather than in the open, and replace your toothbrush periodically. You can also soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide overnight—just make sure you rinse thoroughly and switch the soaking liquid each day. Additionally, you can periodically sanitize your toothbrush buy boiling it for a few minutes or running it through the hot cycle in your dishwasher (without soap!). There are also toothbrush sanitizers that you can purchase for home use.
Although the connection seems unlikely, there is new evidence that suggests that if you have red hair, you are more resistant to local anesthetics like Novocaine. This fact leads to redheads being about 20% more likely to have anxiety about dental procedure, and are much more likely to skip a trip to their dentist! All […]
During a dental appointment, it’s not uncommon for your dentist to want to take a closer look at what’s going on inside your mouth using an X-ray. They’re useful tools for dental professionals, but for the rest of us, they can sometimes be a little intimidating. Here’s a quick guide on some of the most […]
Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. Annually, approximately 15 million are conducted. If you do the math, that’s around 41,000 a day! Despite their status as a mainstay in dentistry, as well as the best way to save a tooth, root canals can occasionally have adverse effects […]
Throughout history (and especially as of late), vaccines have been a hot topic. While vaccination is an efficient way to prevent infectious diseases, the rise of oral vaccines proves this method to be an even more efficient and cost-effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Until now, oral vaccinations have focused on preventing diseases that enter […]
It’s common knowledge that smoking affects your oral health, but let’s not forget about smoking’s destructive counterpart: smokeless chewing tobacco (also known as “snuff”). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, snuff is a fine grain tobacco that a user places in their mouth between their lips and gums. As saliva generates, the […]
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