You use it a couple of times a day but do you know what’s lurking on your toothbrush?
According to researchers at England’s University of Manchester, the very thing you use to clean your teeth and mouth is loaded with germs. Some 100 million bacteria including staphylococci (Staph) bacteria that cause a variety of diseases and skin infections as well as the harmful E. coli that can cause diarrhea can be found in your toothbrush
Associate professor and director of the Dental Hygiene Research Center at Old Dominion University, Gayle McCombs, RDH, MS, said that on any given day, your mouth contains a huge number of microorganisms.
But, as long as there is a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in the mouth, it is not a problem, according to McCombs.
Dentist Kimberly Harms, DDS, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, clarifies: the thing is, you are putting bacteria on it, every time you brush your teeth. It’s important to remember that plaque the stuff you’re removing from your teeth is bacteria.
Now, will washing your toothbrush help? Not as much as you would hope it would says our in-house expert.
Regardless of how many bacteria have gotten there or your mouth harbors via use of dirty toothbrush your body has a natural defense that makes the chance of developing an infection from simply brushing your teeth unlikely.