Do you know how important it is to store your toothbrush properly and keep it safe and clean? This fact can significantly affect your teeth health.
Keeping the toothbrush in a proper way may not seem that important, but don’t forget that about 10 million bacteria can be on it (including Escherichia coli and staphylococci).
Even 200 species of these bacteria can be found in your mouth, all the time. Mouth of the people who don’t take enough care about their oral health can be as dirty as the bathroom floor.
If you store your toothbrush near the sink, it will soon get contaminated while you wash your hands or when the toilet water starts splashing up.
University of Arizona environmental microbiology professor Dr. Charles Gerba claims that after we flush the toilet the bacteria remain in the air long enough to make a new habitat for their further development and growth.
The toothbrush cannot get dried as it should, which is why there is a growing mold. If you store more brushes altogether, in the same place, then the bacteria can spread to each of them, from one to another.
So, the most important question is: How to store your toothbrush properly?
At first, get a new one! Change your toothbrush every three to four months.
Make sure to clean it occasionally with a mouthwash or put it in a dishwasher.
The Most Important: Always keep the toilet lid closed!