Dental Hygiene

My in-laws like to send articles about health through our family e-group.Among the many that I received, this one particularly got my interest.It’s about toothbrush care.But before you go on to read the excerpt, how many of you out there use a toothbrush cover?Do you leave your toothbrush in a cup, a holder or just beside the sink?Is it placed near the toilet bowl or you hide them inside the cabinet?Read on.

“Take your commode: There are 3.2 million microbes per square inch in the average toilet bowl, according to germ expert Chuck Gerba, PhD, a professor of environmental microbiology at University of Arizona. When you flush, aerosolized toilet funk is propelled as far as 6 FEET, settling on the floor, the sink, and yes, your toothbrush. Shutting the lid, of course, is probably a smart move, but at the very least, put anything that goes inside your mouth behind closed doors (your medicine cabinet will do just fine).” [source]

Gee, the thought of toilet bowl germs landing on my toothbrush just grosses me out!So, if your toothbrush is “exposed” to your commode, time to move it elsewhere!

  1. hi tin,

    do you know the show in Discovery Channel Myth Busters? They did a test with regards to this. They positioned several toothbrushes inside the toilet and even had two covered toothbrushes outside the toilet. Guess what they discovered? Even those toothbrushes outside the toilet got bacterias found in the toilet. So they conclude that no matter where you put your toothbrushes, it gets bacteria, hehehe. 😀

    Yes, I cover my brush… to protect it against insects 😀

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    hi mel! yuck! talaga? i think the article is referring to “direct” bacteria coming from toilet flushes. i’m sure many out there don’t even cover their toothbrushes. 🙁

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    Er, it’s because you requested for the x-links in my .com blog not here. 🙂 hehe.

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