Imagine having 100 million dollars. All your wildest dreams would come true. Even thinking about that number physically is unimaginable. What if I told you that you held something that has 100 million things on it each morning and each night. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed a toothbrush then you are correct. According to a study done by the University of Manchester, their is on average about 100 million bacteria on your toothbrush right this second including E-Coli and Staph (Staphylococcus).
Gross right? Like all of us, you might be thinking that no way your toothbrush is that dirty, you’re clean and organized! Well, according to theNew York Dental Journal, 70% of toothbrushes are heavily contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms. However, some of us only get a toothbrush biannually whenever we go to the dentist. What can happen if you don’t change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months?
1. Bad Breath
Having a dirty toothbrush will not only have no effect on cleaning your teeth properly, but it will also leave your mouth even dirtier. You essentially would just be mixing the microorganisms in your toothbrush with those in your mouth and effectively, do nothing. So what can you do? According to a study reported in the National Library of Medicine, leaving your toothbrush soaking in Crest-pro Health Mouthwash will almost completely eliminate bacteria such as S. Mutans, a strong contributor to tooth decay.
2. Restroom Particles
As you may already know, bacteria from your mouth and the setting it’s placed on is harbored on your toothbrush. That being said, most toothbrushes are located in the restroom. Because of this, some fecal particles may have found their way to the bristles of your toothbrush. To get even more disturbing, 80% of the time the fecal particles found on the toothbrush isn’t even from you! The best practice would be to close the lid on the toilet before flushing.
3. Flu Virus
The flu-virus can live on moist surfaces up to three days. Some doctors suggests changing your toothbrush after you caught an infection due to the fact that even after you get well, the disease might be present on the bristles of the toothbrush. As an adult changing your toothbrush after you caught a slight cold might not be a problem unless you have some immune disorders. For children however, it might be better to change their toothbrush each time they get sick.
4. Gum Disease
Gum damage is one of the most prominent things to see when you have a worn out brush. Since the bristles are frail or weak, we instinctively brush harder to compensate for the lack of strength the bristles have, tearing down our gums. Their are simple ways to take care of your gums and toprevent gum disease. Simple maintenance should do the trick.