When talking about toothbrushes, what first crossed your mind? A useful tool that helps maintain the cleanliness and health of your teeth? By brushing your teeth constantly and direct contact with toothpaste, you might think that toothbrush is the cleanest thing in your home. However, this is not true — be prepared to know the disgusting truth about your dirty toothbrush.
There are millions of bacteria and viruses living in toothbrushes
You may not believe it, but toothbrushes are home to a large number of bacteria and viruses:
- Streptococcal mutans, causes of tooth enamel erosion, tooth decay, and dental caries
- E. Coli, the main cause of diarrhea
- Beta-hemolytic streptococcus, the cause of sore throat
- Staphylococci, the cause of skin infections
- Porphy-romonas gingivalis, the cause of gum disease
- Candida albicans, causes of rashes, dry skin, dandruff, ringworm, athlete's foot
- Herpes simplex
- Hepatitis A, B, and C
Toothbrush is very easily contaminated
From the sink
When you wash your hands, water from your hand can stick to the toothbrush. That means, the bacteria and viruses that you try to clean from your hands can be brought back directly to your mouth!
From the toilet
When you flush the toilet with the lid open, bacteria and viruses from the splashing of the toilet can be in the air long enough to stick to every surface of the bathroom. If you drop a toothbrush on the bathroom floor, this is tantamount to using it to brush your feet.
How do you keep your toothbrush clean?
1. Avoid plastic packaging
If it is stored in an airtight container, the toothbrush cannot dry out when you brush your teeth, and this promotes fungal growth. What's worse, if you keep a few toothbrushes with their heads touching each other, bacteria and viruses can spread from one toothbrush to another, especially if there are family members who have a history of disease.
2. Use the right toothpaste
Toothpaste containing triclosan or copolymer is better than ordinary fluoride toothpaste in killing oral bacteria, so it can also keep toothbrush clean.
3. Don't share toothbrushes with other people
Even though it's a member of your family, don't share toothbrushes with them because this can make bacteria and viruses spread even more easily.
4. Clean properly
Be sure to soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide or a slime drug with antibacterial properties, especially after you drop it on the bathroom floor. Insert your electric toothbrush into the dishwasher if you have to clean it properly.
5. Lower the toilet cover before flushing
To prevent bacteria from flying freely in the air, be sure to lower the toilet cover before you flush the toilet.
6. Change toothbrush regularly
Remember to change your toothbrush at least every three to four months, or if the feathers are stretched and tufted. Use a new toothbrush that is effective and good quality to get rid of bacteria.
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