Trash your toothbrush…Everyday!

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Finding: CONFIRMED
MythBuster-GroupExplanation: Every time you flush a toilet, it releases an    aerosol spray of tiny tainted water droplets. So if, like many people, you leave your toothbrush in the vicinity of a toilet, does that mean it’s regularly bathed in bits of fecal matter?     MythBusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage uncovered the dirty truth to this myth by covering a bathroom with 24 toothbrushes, two of which they brushed with each morning — the others they simply rinsed every day for a month.
As experimental controls, the MythBusters kept two untainted toothbrushes in an office far away from the lavatory. At the end of the month-long trial, they sent their toothbrush collection to a microbiologist for bacterial testing.
Astonishingly, all the toothbrushes were speckled with microscopic fecal matter, including the ones that had never seen the inside of a bathroom. The confirmed myth unfortunately proved that there’s indeed fecal matter on toothbrushes — and also everywhere else.

Don’t brush with poopy toothbrushes, trash your toothbrush…everyday!

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The mouth is home to millions of microorganisms (germs). In removing plaque and other soft debris from the teeth, toothbrushes become contaminated with bacteria, blood, saliva, oral debris, and toothpaste.  Because of this contamination, a common recommendation is to rinse one’s toothbrush thoroughly with tap water following brushing. Limited research has suggested that even after being rinsed visibly clean, toothbrushes can remain  contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms. In response to this,  various means of cleaning, disinfecting or sterilizing toothbrushes between   uses have been developed.

Don’t keep sticking that germ/poop/mold infested brush back in your mouth….Trash your toothbrush, everyday!